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Miles David Oakey
June 19, 1948 ~ December 1, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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On the morning of December 1st, 2023, surrounded by love, Miles David Oakey peacefully passed away at his home. Miles is survived by his daughters Lindsay Day Fisher, Roberta Meyer, Marcie DeSomer, step-son Alex Poniatowski, adopted sons Phil Lentz and Christophe Jost, sister Jan Cahill, and god-daughter Morgane Jost.
Born to Marcella Deneen and Ralph Oakey on June 19, 1948, Miles grew up in Fort Atkinson with his father and stepmother Verna (Kohls) Oakey. In 1966, he proudly graduated from Fort Atkinson High School, embarking on an academic journey that culminated in a BS in Education from UW-Whitewater in 1971. Answering the call to serve his country, Miles enlisted in the Army in 1971 and dedicated a decade of his life to the Army Reserve until 1981.
In his 23-year marriage to Terry August, Miles established a loving home in Portage Wisconsin. Together they had three daughters: Marcy, Lindsay, and Roberta. In 1995 Miles married Anne Klein and enjoyed a 14-year marriage embracing his role as a devoted step-father to JoAnne and Alex Poniatowski.
Miles's professional legacy spanned over 30 years within the Portage School District. As a Social Studies teacher he had a positive impact on many lives in the community. Serving as the Athletic Director, Miles played a pivotal role in the creation of the athletic grounds and facilities still enjoyed in Portage Wisconsin today. His coaching prowess extended to Cross-Country along with Track and Field, leading to numerous individual and teams titles. Miles also officiated Track and Cross-Country for nearly three decades.
A passionate advocate for sports and the invaluable lessons they provide, Miles served as the South Central Conference Commissioner, President of the Wisconsin Athletic Director's Association, and earned the prestigious NIAAA Award of Merit in 1999. He was a key player in driving equality between men’s and women's athletics. Miles was a strong advocate for women in leadership roles within the WIAA and worked to establishing equal pay for all coaches and officials in both men’s and women’s sports. While Athletic Director, Miles drove to award women athletes the same size letter for their jackets as male athletes.
Beyond his professional endeavors, Miles found joy in hunting, fishing, his feline companions, and the simple pleasure of watching movies. A sociable soul, he reveled in the company of friends, engaging in kind deeds that reflected his generous spirit.
As we bid farewell to Miles we celebrate a life well-lived marked by love, service, and the profound impact he made on the lives of those who knew him. May his reunion with his birth Mother, Marcella, be a joyous one.
Donate can be made to the Portage Humane Society in memory of Miles. https://cchswi.org/donate/