Robert E. Oates, 87, Vero Beach

Robert E. Oates, 87, died May 2, 2011, at VNA Hospice House, Vero Beach.

He was born in Caldwell, N.J., and lived in Vero Beach since 1988, coming from Roseland, N.J. Before retiring, he worked as a highway inspector for the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

He served in the Army at Normandy Beach, France, and in the Battle of the Bulge.

He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart, Bronze Star and three battle stars.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Geraldine; children, Ann Dailey and Patrick Oates, both of Vero Beach, and Donna Kashimoto, of Mililani, Hawaii; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A graveside memorial service will be in July.

Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.

A guestbook is available at

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