Joseph Baxter Oakes, Jr.

Joseph Baxter Oakes, Jr., 69, formerly of Elizabethtown, died Saturday, March 30, 2024, peacefully in his sleep at Christian Heights Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pembroke, KY. He was born in Baumholder Germany and grew up in Elizabethtown. He was known to his friends as "Joe Bear" and was a veteran of the United States Army. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Baxter Oakes Sr. and Anita Oakes-Coffman; and a sister, Martha "Marty" Linda Bullock. He is survived by his sister, Betty Jo (John) Dahlhauser of Glendale; a brother, Thomas Oakes of Elizabethtown; four nieces and nephews, Trent (Sara) Bullock, Corie (David) Millis, Cassie Kurtz and Chessie (Alex) Thalacker; and six great-nieces and nephews, Carsten and Jacob Kurtz, Breanna and Jake Bullock, Reagan Spruill, and Alicia De La Fuente. A celebration of his life will be Thursday at 12 noon at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. Burial will follow in Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and continue from 10 to 12 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed online at


Wednesday, April 3, 2024 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Brown Funeral Home


Thursday, April 4, 2024 starting at 2:00 PM
Brown Funeral Home

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