In Memory

Dick Oates

Richard "Dick" L. Oates of Waukesha passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family at Fairway Knoll in Germantown on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at the age of 82. He was born in Assumption, IL on August 5, 1938, the son of Lloyd and Adolphine (nee Morez) Oates. Dick grew up in Central Illinois and due to his father's work with the Illinois Central Railroad their family moved every few years. Playing golf, baseball and track helped Dick make new friends each time they moved. He credited his adaptability to these moves to his later success in life as he made changes with his career. Dick went on to graduate from Dixon High School and he was always proud to tell people this was the school Ronald Reagan graduated from. He worked summers for the railroad earning enough money to put himself through Carroll College. At Carroll he made lifelong friend, found a career he loved and met his first wife Judy Mink there. Together they had two,children, Mike and Jenny. Judy preceded Dick in death in 2003. In 2004 he met 'Carolyn Hunter, and they were married in 2010.  Together they built a home in Verandah in Ft. Myer's, Florida where they met many friends, they explored there love of travel and Dick taught Carolyn to play golf. Dick was a successful businessman and banker, retiring as President of Sunset Bank. Waukesha. His family was his greatest love, and he will be dearly missed. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Hunter Oates, his son, Mike Oates and daughter Jenny (Chuck) Burghaus; his grandchildren Kyle Oates, Allie (Chris) Selbo and Sarah (David) Laughln; great-grandchildren, Liam and Mira Selbo; his step-children, Amy (Mike)  Dethloff and Sara (Chris) Will, step-grandchildren, Eric and Sam Dethloff and Jackson and Archer Wolf, he is further survived by nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends around the country. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Judy Mink Oates, his parents, Lloyd and Adophine Oates, and his brother Jim Oates.

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01/15/21 08:20 PM #1    

Rudy Marloth

A varible subset of Oates, Cushing, Warkins, The Famous Wally, and I met in Wisconsin over several years for a week of mild exertion, bridge, sightseeing, and drinking. Oates and I, the sopisticates, drank martinis, the others drank beer. I played golf with Dick once at Emerald Hills(?) in Sterling. After the round we walked the boundary and found 100 golf balls. He kept the few best ones and gave me the bulk - perfectly aligned with our ability. According to The Famous, Oates arrived in Dixon for his junior year. And, per the obit, he had no trouble bonding with a group of new friends. Rudy M.

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