Feb. 23, 1948 – Jan. 12, 2023
Dale Richmond “Moe” Oakes, 74, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Jan. 12, 2023.
Dale was born on Feb. 23, 1948, in Salem Oregon.
Dale graduated from Laurelwood Academy in 1966 and was drafted shortly after in 1967 into the United States Army, where he served for two years as a supply specialist.
Upon discharge from the service, Dale began a nearly 40-year career as a lumber grader with Fort Hill Lumber Company and later Hampton Lumber in Grand Ronde and Willamina, respectively. He earned the nickname Moses from fellow employees due to his beard.
He enjoyed a good joke and loved to travel and visited 46 states and many countries in Europe and Asia. He was a Jeopardy superfan and enjoyed lively “discussions.”
He is survived by his beloved wife of 39 years, Nancy; children Troy, Barry, Jason, Todd and stepdaughter Sarah Plummer; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as his brother Bill.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, at City View Cemetery, 390 Hoyt Street, Salem, Oregon.