Jacob D. Oukes, Sr.
Greece: After several months of illness, Jake passed peacefully the evening of June 28, 2019 and is once again with his loving wife of almost 65 years, Betty (d. Feb 14, 2019). Born to Myrtle Starks and Dirk Oukes, Jake grew up in Swirlberg on Benton St. He enlisted in the Us Navy at age 17 serving from 1951 to 1955. Jake and Betty were married in July of 1954. Jake was a loyal and dedicated employee of Gleason Works for over 42 years.
Jake is predeceased by his devoted wife, Betty A. Howser Oukes, his parents, sister, Irene, brother-in-law, Francis Winterkorn and niece, Johanna.
Survived by his loving son and daughter, Jacob Oukes Jr., and Lori (Kenneth) Muhs, son, Arthur; cherished grandchildren, Tyler Muhs (Stephanie Pride), Joshua Muhs and Stephanie (Robert) Muhs McNamara; newly born great-granddaughter, Madison Ann Muhs; sisters, Joan Winterkorn and Joyce (Leonard) Syverson; many nieces and nephews; friends from his years at Gleason Works, especially his work son, Roy; Chloe, his dog and snack buddy.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Suzanne, Cindy, Tee and Sabrina at Unity TCC for their kindness and care of Dad during his stay and to the doctors, nurses and aides at Highland Hospital Hospice. Your support and caring has been invaluable.
Jake’s visitation will be held Monday, July 8th 5-7 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson 1075 Long Pond Rd where his Funeral Service will be celebrated in the Chapel of the Funeral Home, Tuesday, July 9th 11:00 AM. Interment, Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Veteran Outreach Center in his memory. For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit www.meesonfamily.com
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