Bill L Oakman

Born: Wed., Aug. 10, 1927
Died: Sun., Jun. 24, 2012


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Jun. 27, 2012
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Thu., Jun. 28, 2012
Location: Liberty Christian Church

Print Obituary   Home Page All Obituaries



   Bill L. Oakman, 84, of Liberty  died at 8:03 am Sunday (June 24, 2012) in Blessing Hospital.

   Born August 10, 1927 in the Augusta Illinois Hospital, Bill was the son of Dean and Laura Pearl Wood Oakman.   He married Kathryn V. Evans on August 10, 1947 at the Methodist Church in Camp Point, IL.  On August 10, 2010 they celebrated 63 years of marriage.  She preceded him in death on December 4, 2010.

   Bill was a 1945 graduate of Liberty High School and enlisted into the United States Navy where he served his country until the end of World War II.

   Upon his return from the service he became a lifelong Adams County farmer and also worked as a livestock truck driver, bulldozer operator and at Gardner Denver in Quincy.  He then worked for V&E Builders from 1961 until 1984 when he became a self-employed carpenter.

   Bill was the Liberty Township supervisor in 1980, 1985 and 1989.  He was a member of the Liberty Christian Church and headed the building committee for the new construction in 1967.  Most of the work was done by volunteer crews from the church with Bill as overseer.  He was also a member of the Liberty American Legion Post No. 640 and served as the Post and County Commander and County, 15th District and 3rd Division Adjutant.  He also served the Illinois Department of the American Legion on the Religious Emphasis Committee which designed the chapel for the Department Headquarters in Bloomington.  He spent many years volunteering at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy and the Gifts for Yanks program at Christmas.

   He was an avid bowler and bowled in the ABC National Bowling Tournament for 30 years.  He also played, coached and managed various local softball and baseball teams and belonged to the Mississippi Valley Coon Hunters Association and the East Union Community Club.

   Survivors include three daughters, Leanne Bowman (Dick) of Palmyra, IL  Julie Wilbers (Robert) of Lake Park, GA, and Laura Hirt (Jeff) of Quincy; three grandchildren Michael Dodson (Angie) of Lake St. Louis, MO, Jennifer Vieweg (Jim) of Auburn, IL and Joshua Dye of Quincy, three great grandchildren Mairyn Dodson, Madisyn Dodson and Aidan Dodson all of Lake St. Louis, MO; two nieces Deanna Solomon (Tommy) of Corpus Christi, TX and Patty Heald (Don) also of Corpus Christi, TX.

   Mr. Oakman was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a brother Harold Oakman and a nephew Wayne Oakman.

   Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10:30 am in the Liberty Christian Church with Pastor Terry Henry    officiating.  Burial with military honors by Payson VFW Post No. 2061 and Liberty American Legion Post No. 640 will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Camp Point, IL.

   Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home in Quincy and  Thursday morning from 9:30 am until the time of services at the church.
   Memorials may be made to the American Legion Gifts to Yanks or the Blessing Foundation for Hospice.

Click to send flowers using our local area florist
Free delivery to our funeral home & save on wire fees
View/Sign the Condolence Book

Click the button to generate a printable document containing all condolences submitted

Condolence Booklet

Bobby and Debbie Lease
   Posted Mon June 25, 2012
Extending our sympathy from the Bobby Lease family. We were leaving Ft. Lee when we received word of your father''s passing. Your Dad was always so engaged in whatever Lucas was doing, and Lucas was proud of the years of service that Bill provided, as well. Bill was truly a great example for all of the younger soldiers. Love to you all. Bobby, Debbie, Bobby II, Ginny, Lucas, Kathy Lease & children.

Don and Diana McCleary
   Posted Mon June 25, 2012
Our prayers are with you as you face this good bye and cope with the changes in your life - make that all of our lives. While we are happy to know Kathryn and Bill are together again, we know our lives here around Liberty have lost a precious couple. Sincerely, Diana and Don McCleary and family

Tim and Donna Lenane
   Posted Mon June 25, 2012
We are so sorry to hear about your dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Barb Thompson
   Posted Mon June 25, 2012
Your dad can be at peace with your mom. They had a long adventure here now may their reward begin in heaven.

Vickie Gillihan
   Posted Mon June 25, 2012
I have known all of you since I moved to Liberty at 8 yrs. old. I have some great memories. He will be missed.

Leanne Schwartz
   Posted Mon June 25, 2012
You have my deepest sympathy. Bill was a wonderful man and a GREAT cousin. He was always fun to be around at the family reunions and had a great sense of humor. Bill was one of my favorite relatives and the family was my favorites too, especially Laura. I will miss him so very much.


Leanne Schwartz

Rick and Rebecca Hedrick
   Posted Tue June 26, 2012
Bill was a great neighbor with a wonderful sense of humor. His smile will be missed. May you find comfort knowing he is truly at peace and continues to smile upon us.

Charlotte Rigg Dare
   Posted Wed June 27, 2012
So sorry for your loss of your Dad. Kathryn played at my Mom's funeral 42 years ago next week and I have many good memories of all of you at church and Julie in school. My God be with you in your time of sorrow and loss.

Charlotte Rigg Dare

Lois Sorrill
   Posted Wed June 27, 2012
I am very sorry for your loss. I remember your Dad as always having a smile. He seemed to really enjoy being with people. May God be with you during this time. It is a blessing that we were created to have memories. I hope the memories of your time with your Dad will bring you comfort. Lois Sorrill

Copyright © 2018 Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved.    | Website by CFS |