It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Jerry Eugene Oakley. He died suddenly on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at the age of 66.
He was born Feb. 8, 1955 in Audubon, Iowa and grew up in Tipton. He married his wife, Carol, on April 7, 2001. He worked at Gerdau Ameristeel for 34 years and was a proud member of the local Steelworkers union #8581 in Wilton. He was a lover of hunting, fishing, family, and a clean organized garage.
Jerry is survived by his wife Carol Oakley, and sister Sherri Havel; his children, Bronwyn Oakley, Matthew Oakley, Brandon Oakley, and Chelsie (Joshua) Gingery. He loved spending time with his four grandchildren, Maxine and Frankie Gingery, and Tyler and Isabella Oakley. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mary Oakley, and brother James “Buddy” Oakley Jr.
There will be a celebration of life open to friends and family starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 held in Tipton at Roth Electric, 801 West Third Street.