June 22, 1930 – July 26, 2021
Stan passed away peacefully at Pine Grove Care Centre in Kamloops, BC July 26, 2021 at the age of 91. He leaves behind his loving wife of 65 years Louise, daughters Diana Wren (Bob) and Christina (Morgan), Grandchildren Regan Swallow (Kristen), Ella and Tessa Emes.
Predeceased by parents Leander and Alice Oakes, 3 year old daughter Sandra and two younger brothers Bill Oakes (Audry) and Lloyd Oakes (Ruth).
Stan was born in Kelowna and lived in Rutland in a two-room house on a small farm for the first 12 years of his life. The family moved to Vancouver in 1942 so his dad could work at the Dominion Bridge Gun Plant.
Stan attended Vancouver Tech and his first job was at Vancouver City Hall. He had many careers over the years. It was while working at Orange Crush in 1953 he met the love of his life, Louise Kingston. They married in 1956. A few of his other jobs were Woodward’s Dept. Store, BC Liquor Store, Sterling Shipyard as Marine Electrician.
After moving to Kamloops in 1959 Stan worked with Father-In-Law to set up O.K. Rental (now Jasco). With his electrical experience he was soon wiring houses in and around Kamloops. While in Kamloops, he earned his private pilots license. Stan had his first airplane ride in Kelowna at the age of 6 in an open cockpit. Jenny and he never lost his love of flying. He eventually owned shares in a small plane, based at the Ashcroft Strip.
In 1968 the family moved to Cache Creek, when Stan was hired as Maintenance Electrician for the South Cariboo School District. He remained there for 26 years and never missed a days work! He was well known throughout the District for his good nature and “joke of the day”.
Stan enjoyed many hobbies: Photography, guitar playing, travelling, camping and X-country skiing (some of these included a beer or good Scotch with friends). All of these activities could explain why it took almost 30 years to complete the building of the family home at 16 Mile.
A family graveside service will be held at a later date. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Navy Sahota and all the staff at Pine Grove Care for the love and care Stan received.
Memorial donations may be made in Stan’s memory to Pine Grove Care Centre, 313 McGowan Drive, Kamloops, British Columbia V2B 2N8
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com for the Oakes family.
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