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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members  of  the  Illinois  Senate  wish  to
 3    express  their  sincere condolences to the family and friends
 4    of the Reverend William L. Oaks of Petersburg, Illinois,  who
 5    passed away on February 19, 2002; and

 6        WHEREAS,  Reverend  Oaks  was  born  on  March 6, 1927 in
 7    Canton to William Howard and Freda Kohler  Oaks;  he  married
 8    Marilyn Blaser in 1950 in Moline; and

 9        WHEREAS,  Reverend Oaks graduated from Canton High School
10    and earned a bachelor's degree from Augustana College in Rock
11    Island, where he was  an  All-American  football  player  who
12    signed  with  the  Chicago  Bears; he was elected to both the
13    Augustana College and Canton sports hall of fame; he earned a
14    master of divinity degree from Northern Baptist Seminary  and
15    was ordained in 1959; and

16        WHEREAS,  Reverend  Oaks was a United States Navy veteran
17    of World War II and the pastor  emeritus  at  Elliott  Avenue
18    Baptist  Church,  where he served for 25 years; he was also a
19    pastor at churches in Dixon and Elgin; and

20        WHEREAS, Reverend  Oaks  was  a  past  president  of  the
21    American Baptist Church of the Great Rivers Region and served
22    on   the  American  Baptist  Board  of  Managers  in  several
23    capacities; in addition, he was instrumental in founding  the
24    Horizon  House  and  established the Fund of Renewal Project;
25    and

26        WHEREAS, The passing of the Reverend William L. Oaks will
27    be deeply felt by all who knew and loved him, especially  his
28    wife,  Marilyn;  his  daughter,  Sarah  Oaks;  his sons, John
29    (Janis) Oaks, Mark (Lori) Oaks, and the Reverend Fred  (Judy)
30    Oaks;  his  8  grandchildren;  his  great-granddaughter;  his
31    brother,  Darren  Oaks;  his sisters, Pauline Casey and Donna
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 1    Westerfield; and his several nieces and  nephews;  therefore,
 2    be it

 4    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along  with
 5    all  who  knew him, the death of the Reverend William L. Oaks
 6    of Petersburg, Illinois; and be it further

 7        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
 8    presented  to the family of the Reverend William L. Oaks with
 9    our sincere condolences.

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