In memory of

Charles (Buddy) S. Oakes

Jan 11, 1961
Jun 9, 2024


Charles (Buddy) S. Oakes, 63, of Keizer, Oregon passed away June 9, 2024.  He was born January 11, 1961 in Ogden, Utah.  He attended Clearfield High School in Clearfield, UT and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in March, 1980 where he later received his G.E.D.  He served on the USS Guam (LPH-9).  His six-year tour of duty included deployment to Beirut, Lebanon as part of the peacekeeping force during the 1982 Lebanese civil war and the October, 1983 U.S. invasion of Grenada.  He received an honorable discharge in March, 1986. He then went to work for Kimberly-Clark Corp. in Ogden, UT in positions of manufacturing and security.  He moved to Oregon and worked for Norpac Foods until its closing in 2020.  At the time of his death he was employed by Integrity Traffic in Oregon.  Buddy’s quirky sense of humor brought much laughter and smiles to everyone who knew him.  He was a loyal friend and would help anyone going through hard times.  A kind and gentle soul, whom loved nature and being outdoors. He enjoyed traveling by train, since his first trips riding between Ogden, UT and Grand Junction, CO as a young boy with his family. His passions included collecting and listening to music, seeing concerts and making jewelry from treasures of the earth. He is predeceased by his mother Shirley Shelton, sister, Laurie L. (Shelton) Walker and son, David Oakes.  He is survived by his sister Carol (Kevin) Squires of Florida, brother, Larry (Gary) McNeeley of Utah, grandson Kyler Finch of Oregon.  Uncle Buddy had a special bond with his niece Charity (Bueche) Hendricks and loved all his nieces, nephews and extended families, they loved him.  He will be dearly missed. 

Messages of Sympathy

  1. Sandra zelzer says:

    He his an amazing person

  2. Charity hendricks says:

    My dear uncle B. There is much I want to say. I remember u loved to torment me it was one of the things you did best. You taught me to be tuff to always stick up for myself. You would tease me so much call me names like rug rat , yard ape, curtain climber. You would sit on me and play pop corn my chest tell I almost pee my pants. The more I cry the longer u would do it. It drove me crazy then when I got older you would make me stand outside with a beer can on my head telling me to stand still while you turned around and kick the can right off the top of my head I was scared but yet it was so cool I had to show all my friend our beer can trick. You were the coolest uncle and all my friends love you and my boyfriends were scared of you but respected you.i just want to say uncle bud thank you for the wonderful memories and how to stay tuff when life gets hard and how important it is to make people laugh. Your very special to me and I love u. I wished I could of seen u one more time before u left for good I will miss you everyday day of my life and I will never forget the love and laughter we shared and the joints we smoked . Ha ha hee hee.

  3. Maria Delacruz says:

    Chuckie my sweet friend I never imagined that when we met up for dinner like 6 months ago would be the last time I would never see you my friend I will always cherish those long conversations we would have ! Love u and will always miss you Rest in paradise my sweet friend

  4. Jodi LaTray says:

    Life will not be the same nor the laughter as much without you. I miss you already and that will never change. You were a great friend to me and I'm blessed to have had the last 30 years with you in my life. I love you Buddy RIP, God knows you deserve both some rest and definitely some peace. Until we meet again dear friend.

  5. Ed Davis says:

    My dear friend and Brother, I am heartbroken.

  6. Ernest LaTray says:

    He was an amazing friend and life won't be the same without him. I miss you already.

  7. Ramona says:

    Oh my dear sweet funny friend this is still so hard to believe. I wish I could remember how long ago we met and how we met. You were always neighbor and I was neighborette. We did spend a lot of time together back in the day and oh the memories I will forever cherish in my heart. You will be greatly missed. Rest in peace my friend.
    Much love your neighborette

  8. Matthew Dabling says:

    I love you Bud, you will be missed!

  9. Gary McNeeley says:

    My brother in law was a amazing guy. Always enjoyed his stories and was always nice too have him around. We will miss him dearly. RIP buddy. Intel we meet again.

  10. Staff of Johnson Funeral Home says:

    Thank you for trusting Johnson Funeral Home.

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