THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
George E. Oakeson
Issue Date: March 7, 2018
George E. Oakeson, 85, of Oshkosh, formerly of Peshtigo, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018 in his home surrounded by loved ones after a courageous battle with Parkinson's.
Born Oct. 9, 1932 in Menominee, Mi., to the late George and Lilian (Bandow) Oakeson, he grew up in Peshtigo and was a graduate of UW-Madison with a BS in Agriculture. He married Mildred "Gina" Munson on June 15, 1958 in Marinette and they shared 60 years together.
They lived in the State of Washington for a few years until returning to Wisconsin in 1960 for a short time before relocating to Minneapolis. There he became a Salesman for Georgia Pacific, with a territory of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan and then transferred to Oshkosh in 1966. After retiring in 1994, he established a successful Rep firm for several years.
A lover of life and kind and gentle man, he always looked for the positive in things, made everyone laugh with a joke and had a warm sense of humor.
He enjoyed having a dog, loved to hunt, fish and spend time at the cabin in Upper Michigan. Hunting and fishing trips often took him to Montana and Canada. After retirement, they enjoyed traveling to many places such as Mexico and Tahiti and spending winters in Arizona.
He loved spending time with family and friends, quietly listening to others and lending a word of wisdom, leaving you feeling that everything would be okay in the end.
A long-time member of Calvary Lutheran Church, he trusted in Christ as his Savior and served on the Memorial Committee. He was a lifelong blood donor and gave every chance he could.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred "Gina"; a sister, Ruth Erickson; a twin brother, John (Marie) Oakeson; a son, Paul (Kathy) Oakeson; a daughter, Lori Oakeson; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary and two brothers-in-law Arnie Zeitler and Jack Erickson.
Family will receive friends at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2580 W 9th Ave, Oshkosh Wi. on Friday, March 9 from 4 p.m. until time of the Memorial Service at 6 p.m. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Donations can be made to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37839, Boone, Ia. 50037 www.redcross.org/donate and/or donate a pint of blood in his honor.