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Farewell to an Amazing Friend

It is hard to say goodbye to some one special. The spot not filled on the bench at the ice rink only urges us to remember- "Give honor where honor is due" and Do It Now.

It is hard to put into words the loss we feel today. One of our regular Coffee Club skaters has left us. We are grateful to have honored him before his passing, but that doesn’t stop the sadness that we are experiencing. He was a skater, in hockey skates. He was a judge at Porsche competitions and shows. He was an airplane pilot and instructor. He was an Army Air Corps/Air Force officer and a WW II/Korean War hero. He was modest and he was strong.  Above all else, OAKLEY ALLEN WAS A GENTLEMAN.

We will miss his smile. We will miss his quiet strength. We will miss his encouragement. We will miss his positive attitude. We will miss seeing his Porsche on warm days. We will miss his handsome face, because you see, at 90 he still looked like the dapper pilot he was in 1944.

They say he experienced a heart attack and died instantly. We know better. Somewhere, high above us, Oakley took the stick, raised the nose of his Saberliner jet and headed for the heavens.

If you would like to visit with the family, visitation is:

Sunday, November 18 from 2 – 4 pm

Buchholz Valley of Flowers

619 St. Francois St
Florissant, MO 63031

Telephone: (314) 839-2020
Email: info@buchholzmortuaries.com

 

The funeral will follow. He will be laid to rest at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery.

Please read the blog honoring Oakley and be sure to comment:

http://maplewood-brentwood.patch.com/blog_posts/amazing-friends-part-iv

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Pat Wilken Maloney November 18, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Oakley sounds like the finest of gentlemen and a wonderful friend. I imagine God having him flying missions of Love, now. Remember his quiet smile....

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