Charles Ebert ‘Gus’ Oakley died peacefully surrounded by family on April 12, 2022. Born on March 24, 1940 in Mount Lebanon to the late Jane and Charles Oakley, Gus graduated from Mount Lebanon High School and received his Bachelor of Science from Westminster College. In 1962 he was commissioned to serve as a dental officer in the United States Navy and selflessly served as a reservist until his retirement.
In 1968, Gus joined his father in their family operated dental practice on Castle Shannon Boulevard in Mount Lebanon—the same location their family lived at for years. He was a proud graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and cherished his time with students as a part-time faculty member there until he retired in 1998 as an associate professor. Gus was a long time Bethel Park School Board Member, serving as president in 1980 and 1988 and also served as the first president of the Eagle Trace Condominium Association.
Those who knew him well, knew that in addition to a tremendous love for his family, Gus had a passion for fishing and ice hockey. In his younger days, he loved to coach his children’s sports teams and was rarely seen not wearing his Pens jersey. When not fishing in the Pittsburgh or Erie suburbs, he cherished leading numerous ‘boys’ fishing trips to Florida. In his retirement, Gus enjoyed making beautiful stained glass and jewelry keepsakes. Many people looked forward to his Christmas gifts.
Besides his parents, Gus is preceded in death by his daughter Beth Ann Oakley. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Judith (Pagley), sister Susan (Jack) Wilhelm, his children Geoffrey (Marnie) Oakley, Michelle (Marc) Fakler, and his grandchildren, Marissa and Evan Oakley, and Cullen and Rylan Fakler, along with many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at David Henney Funeral Home, 6364 Library Road (RT 88), Library, PA 15129 on Monday, April 18th from 3-7 p.m. A service will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Tuesday, April 19th at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4048 Brownsville Road. Pittsburgh, PA 15227, or Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10306, or the Alpine Hunting & Fishing Club (to be used for Pathfinder Fishing Day) 220 Alpine Rd., Bridgeville, Pa 15017.