Marion was born March 17, 1917 in Massac County and grew up in Joppa. He was one of four children born to parents Mayme Jane McCurrie Oakes and John Otto Oakes. He joined the Army in March 1941. He served in the 14th Infantry as a guard at the Panama Canal, and in the 71st Infantry in the European theater beginning in February 1945 where he remained until the end of World War II.
He married Virginia E. Miller, also from Joppa, in Colorado Springs, Colo. in September 1943. They lived in Joppa until 1969 at which time they moved to southern California. They have resided in Sun City for the past 20 years. Marion retired in 1982.
He worked for many years on towboats on the Ohio River and loved spending time on the river. He later worked as carpenter and was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.
Marion was known by his friends as “Grumps.” No one was exactly sure where that nickname came from, but he was given the name as a child. He loved animals and spent many hours feeding the rabbits and birds in his yard. He was a quiet and gentle person and loved to joke and “kid” with those around him.
Marion is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Virginia E. Oakes; and his daughter, Rebecca L. Cripe and her husband Randolph.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Hilda; and two brothers, Bob and Loyd.
A memorial service celebrating Marion’s life was held Thursday, Nov. 8 at Riverside National Cemetery, located at 22495 Van Buren Blvd. in Riverside, Calif.