Arthur Duane Oakerson

Born: Wed., Dec. 5, 1934
Died: Sat., Apr. 7, 2018


1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Wed., Apr. 11, 2018
Location: First Presbyterian Church

Funeral Service

4:00 PM Wed., Apr. 11, 2018
Location: First Presbyterian Church

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Arthur Duane Oakerson, 83, of Winchester, left this earth to be with the angels on the afternoon of, Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Randolph Nursing Home.  He was born on Dec.5th, 1934 at "Pinch" IN in his grandmother’s cabin.  He was the son of Rachel Hunt Oakerson and Delma Oakerson.

Duane attended many elementary schools in Randolph and Delaware counties. He was very proud of being a "Muncie Central Bearcat" in the class of "1953". Duane wrestled in the 9th grade in the 98 lb. wt. class.  His mom and he moved to Ridgeville for one year and then he returned to Muncie.  He joined the Army and was stationed in Germany where he was assigned to drive a jeep for an upper ranked officer .When he returned he married Joyce Kay Thomas.  They had two children Tim Oakerson and Kim Oakerson. Tim has three children: Joni Oakerson, Kevin Oakerson and Trevor Oakerson.  Kim Jenkins had three children: Megan Mills (Lance), Monica Bilbrey and Dalton Jenkins.  Great grandchildren: Avery Mote, Cooper Mote, Conner Oakerson, Lily Oakerson, Crosby Mills ,Monroe Mills and Augustus Bilbrey. 

Joyce Oakerson died in March of 2010; Duane met Judy Anderson and remarried in November of 2010.  Duane has two stepsons; Gary Anderson (Melanie) and Bret Anderson (Amy Herrera). Gary has two sons; Joshua Anderson and Todd Anderson. Bret has three children; Kyle Stewart, Zach Stewart and Brittney Anderson.  Great grandchildren: Elaina Anderson, Zaliyak Williams, Zach Stewart, Danika Stewart, Keegan Stewart, Victoria Stewart, Koby Stewart, Aidyn Bowman and Samuel Gibson.  He was also survived by two special cousins, Elaine Bradford and Ron Oakerson.   

"Oakie" was a much loved man by family, friends, co-workers and sometimes complete strangers whom he would help-.  He was a guy who lived his life by “the Golden Rule”.  He loved kids, no matter whose kid they were.  His big smile and infectious grin was contagious with those he met.  He was a proud man who stood tall, humble, patient, and loving.  He became a bricklayer and was one of the best.  “Oakie” is kind of a legend in the bricklaying field.  He was the first guy to lay bricks at Emens Auditorium and the last to leave when the project was complete.  He worked for Anchor Glass and they sent him all over the states to fix and troubleshoot furnaces. 

Funeral services for “Oakie’ will be at 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church, in Winchester, with Rev. Rex Espiritu officiating.  Burial will follow at the Fountain Park Cemetery in Winchester.

Friends and family may call from 1-4 p.m., Wednesday at the church.  Memorials can be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 201 E. Franklin St., Winchester, IN 47394 or YMCA, 1521 E Washington St., Winchester, IN 47394, with envelopes available at the church.

Walker Funeral Home in Winchester is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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Jeff and Mary Clark
   Posted Tue April 10, 2018
Judy, We are so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. Prayers for you, and please know we are wrapping you in a big hug. May God comfort you and provide you the strength you need. We love you, Jeff and Mary

Denise & Mike Wallace
   Posted Tue April 10, 2018
I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

Tom Willis
   Posted Tue April 10, 2018
My deepest condolences to the family and friends at the loss of Duane, Oakie as we knew him. He will be truly missed by all.
Tom Willis

Gwen Keesling
   Posted Wed April 11, 2018
Judy, you have my sympathy in the passing of your husband. My family sends their condolences to you as well. I'll be thinking of you & your family. May God bless you.

   Posted Thu April 12, 2018
To all family & friends of Duane,
Duane was always a friend to our family, my sisters and I knew him from our births. We were always welcomed in his home with kindness and the biggest smile. I am certain he will be missed on earth, but welcomed in heaven.

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