Robert E. Oakley, 84, US Army Veteran, of Hellertown, formerly of Coopersburg, was peacefully called home on Thursday March 4, 2021 at The Villages at Life Quest. Robert was born in Philadelphia, PA on December 1, 1936 to Royal E. and Ruth (Yates) Oakley. In 1961, he married the late Claudette Frances (Bryant) Oakley. They were the parents of two sons, Robert and Rodney. In 1971, he married the late Gloria (Baker/Hampton) Oakley. In 1970, Robert attended Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and later the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Robert began his career as a self-employed accountant and realtor. He and his wife Gloria operated the business at 26th and Lehigh Ave for several years. He eventually expanded his work and became an independent real estate appraiser. They later settled in the Lehigh Valley and Robert became a gentleman farmer on his ranch called “After all”. It was there that he taught his children life principles that they would ultimately employ in their adult lives. His favorite saying was, “this life is not a rehearsal, seize every moment as it presents itself”. In addition to all his endeavors, he was a founding member of the first black bank in Philadelphia, Lamont Savings and Loan. There he served as secretary and treasurer. During his retirement Robert enjoyed spending his winters in Jamaica. He would often say that it added years to his life. When in PA, he enjoyed playing golf every Friday with his regular golf buddies. His generosity, cleaver sense of humor and friendship, will be greatly missed as they spent much of the time on the course laughing. He was a member of St. Isidore’s Catholic Church in Quakertown and Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Montego Bay, Jamaica. He leaves a loving family to cherish his memory; his children Robert E. Oakley Jr, Rodney E. Oakley (wife Janice G), Timothy Hampton (wife Sandra M), Valerie Hampton, Six grandchildren Nicole Hampton, Ashton Hill, Chelsea Hampton, Robert Oakley, Ryson Oakley and T.J. Hampton. A sister, Sarah Butler, 2 bonus children, Claudette and David Miles and a host of nephews, nieces and cousins. A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 12:00 P.M. at St. Isidore’s Catholic Church 2545 W. Pumping Station Rd. Quakertown, PA 18951. Calling hours will be held from 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. at the church. Live stream of services are available through church web site at www.stisidores.org. Arrangements are in the care of the. R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc. (www.crstrunk.com) Quakertown. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis TN 38105-1942 or online at (www.stjude.org/ http://giftfunds.stjude.org/Robert_Oakley)
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