BILL L. OAKMAN
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.