January 17, 1953 ~ April 9, 2022

Born in: Anderson, IN
Resided in: Anderson, IN

Leonard Edward Oaks of Anderson, Indiana passed away on Saturday, April 9th, 2022, at the age of 69 in his home. After several months of battling lung cancer, Leonard died peacefully with his beloved wife Janet, their family and his precious dog Ginger by his side.Leonard was born in Anderson on January 17, 1953, to parents Seabert and Violet Oaks. He graduated from Highland High School in 1971 and then enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served for 6 years and was stationed in Vietnam and Germany. He was also a member of the DAV. At the end of his service, he returned to the US and went on to develop skills in many trades, including working as an EMT where he met his wife, Janet. They married in 1996. He then worked at Precision Strip for 20+ years and retired to be a full time grandpa.Leonard was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Janet Louise Oaks; siblings Barry (Janna) Oaks, Terry Oaks, and Sue Oaks; children Tonya Oaks , Sonya (Paul) Rivas, Matt (Nicole) Oaks, Eddy (Stacy) Oaks, Crickett Oaks, Zach (Bailley) Oaks, Amy (Greg) Anderson, Ronnie (Erin) Sargent, and Ryan McCartney; 27 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.The family would like to thank Dr. Bilal Siddiqui and team of Community Hospital and Kindred Hospice for their excellent care and treatment of Leonard.A visitation for Leonard is planned for Thursday, April 14th, 2022, from 1pm to 3pm. Funeral services will begin at 3pm. The visitation will be at the Legacy Cremation and Funeral Services on 504 W 9th Street, Anderson, Indiana. All are invited to attend.


Visitation: April 14, 2022 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Legacy - Anderson
504 W. Ninth St.
Anderson, IN 46016

Funeral Service: April 14, 2022 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Legacy - Anderson
504 W. Ninth St.
Anderson, IN 46016

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. May God wrap His arms around you and give the peace that can only come from Him. We love you Janet and family.
    Terry and Tim Herb

  3. Thinking of you all during this time of grief and heartache
    Sorry for your loss
    Love y’all

  4. We are praying for the comfort that only God can give. May Gods favor rest upon all of you

  5. Sue and I were classmates at HHS and Leonard graduated with my cousin, Jill Ashby. My prayers and deepest condolences to you all through this new journey. I’m so very sorry for your family’s loss. May God Bless.

  6. My deepest sympathy for Lens Family. Len was definatly a huge part of my life in our younger days. Hung out tigeather in High school. After graduation we enlisted togeather into the Uninted States Air Force. Went through basic togeather, were were both made weapons mechanics and went to school tigeather at Lowery AFB Denver Colorado. Again after tech school, we were both assigned to Hahn AFB Germany, as Weapons Loaders. Then again, we were both assigned to the same load crew. Len was number 2 man, he did all the cockpit work. I was the 4 man, I inspected all weapons before loading and drove the bomb lift truck to place munitions on the plane. We worked on the F4 D and E model fighters. Believe me, I could write a book. The good Lord blessed our friendship and kept us togeather, through some tough times and many good times. Len was a big part if the best times of my life. I was blessed to call him friend.

  7. Leonard, thanks for the laughs in the Marching Highlander Band – you were a winner there. Thank you for your service with the US Air Force during treacherous times. My condolences to your family during this difficult time.

    I suspect there was a delay getting you through the Gates of Heaven because you had everyone rolling in the clouds with laughter.

  8. Such a beautiful service. Just as many laughs as there were tears which I know would make him happy. He was a big part of my life growing up. He was one of the few people in this world that I knew absolutely loved me. And I loved him just as much. I will miss him dearly, but know that he is in a good place with Meems and Gramps. I love you, Uncle.

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