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Charles Oakley III

January 12, 1927 August 2, 2019
Charles Oakley III
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Obituary for Charles Oakley III

Charles Oakley III, of Lincoln, MA, formerly of Burlington, CT, died peacefully at The Commons in Lincoln on Friday, August 2, 2019. He was 92.

Born in New Haven, CT on January 12, 1927, Charlie, was the son of the late Charles Oakley Jr. and Eva May (Nesbit) Oakley. Upon graduating from Plainville High School in 1944, he promptly enlisted in the US Navy where he served as a submariner and radioman aboard the USS Sea Owl, receiving the World War II Victory, American Theater, and Good Conduct medals upon his discharge in 1949.

A Project Engineer for Colt Firearms and later, Stanley Tools, Charlie’s work took him from the drafting table to The Pentagon and to countries throughout Asia and other parts of the world. In his leisure time, Charlie was a devoted fan of the UCONN Huskies Women’s basketball team. He loved to spend time on the golf course and treasured those he played with, many of whom have remained lifelong friends.

Charlie leaves behind six children: Larry D. Oakley and wife Lorraine Hawley of Newington, CT; Patricia Oakley Karpicz and husband Paul Karpicz of South Dartmouth, MA; Robert Oakley of Dover, NH; Mark Oakley and wife Laurie Parkhill Oakley of Chapel Hill, NC, Tristram Oakley and husband Robert Stringer III of Lincoln, MA and Charles Oakley IV of Anchorage, AK. He is also survived by grandchildren David Oakley; Steven, Tobey, and Leah Karpicz; Shanon Schinkel and Stephanie Oakley; Spencer, Richard, and Meredith Oakley; and Oakley and Lockyer Stringer as well as a niece, three nephews and several great grandchildren. Charlie was predeceased by siblings George Oakley, Edna Gaccetta and Doris Williams.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather for his graveside service with U.S. Navy military honors on Saturday, September 14th at 12 pm in Lincoln Cemetery (main gate located very close to 39 Lexington Road, Lincoln, MA). A reception will follow nearby.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Charles Oakley III to Community Servings ( or The Plainville Community Food Pantry (

Arrangements are under the care of Dee Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Concord.

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12:00 PM 9/14/2019 12:00:00 PM
Lincoln Cemetery

Lexington Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

Lincoln Cemetery
Lexington Road Lincoln 01773 MA
United States

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