ForeverMissed
Homegoing Celebration will be held Thursday, June 24, 2021 at Tabernacle Baptist Church (380 South Broadway Street/Dayton OH, 45402). Visitation will begin at 11:00am and service to follow at 12:00pm. Social Distancing and Masks will be required. Interment at Calvary Cemetery.

Deacon Yakub Oladele went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 17, 2021 surrounded by his family. Originally from the city of Owo in Ondo State, Nigeria, he came to the United States to pursue higher education but stayed when he met the love of his life, the late Deaconess Geneva Oladele. Their union blessed them with two wonderful children, Benita and Dominic.

Yakub taught his children the importance of taking pride in their work and instilled in them a strong work ethic. He was a business owner and passed the entrepreneurial spirit onto his children as well. He was a loving Granddad to four beautiful grandchildren Braxton, Kazeem, Avery and Grace whom he cherished. They are the next generation to build upon his legacy.

He was a dedicated member of The Tabernacle Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, and was a member of Brotherhood Ministry, the Usher Board and co-led the weekly Evening/Noon Prayer Meetings.

He is preceded in death by his parents Ibrahim and Fadeke Oladele, two brothers Ibrahim Mamidu Oladele and Ibrahim Saliu Oladele, and wife Deaconess Geneva Oladele.

He leaves to cherish his memories his daughter, Benita (Ray) Penkalski; his son Dominic (Miracle) Oladele; Four grandchildren Braxton, Kazeem, Avery, and Grace; Sisters, OLALERE FOLAWE FLORENCE, ONI EUNNISE, MOBOLAJI OLAYEMI, MOSURO AMUDAT and TITILAYO RASIDAT; Brother IBRAHIM SODIQ.Oladele. Yakub also leaves to mourn a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Professional services entrusted to W.E. Lusain Funeral Home and Crematory.
Posted by Mary Head on June 30, 2021
Deacon Oladele was a committed disciple of Christ, as was his wife. My prayers go out to the family for the loss of your father, brother, uncle. He worked for his wings and his spreading them up in Heaven.
Posted by Nnodum Iheme on June 25, 2021
May your soul Rest In Peace my brother and friend.
Posted by Samuel Oyebanjo on June 24, 2021
Very humbled, friendly, and disciplined man.. You will be surely missed.. Rest in peace Egbon..
Posted by Anthony Samuel on June 23, 2021
Wao! What a great lost. A man of honesty and integrity. May his Soul Rest In Perfect Peace. Amen.
Anthony Samuel Olugboroko
'69.
Posted by James Osa on June 23, 2021
Farewell our great friend Yakub. You were loved by many beyond words because of your humanity and care. If love could only have saved you, never would you have left us. May your soul rest in peace with the Lord.
James Osa from the Osa Family
Posted by Ellis Ogun on June 23, 2021
May his gentle soul Rest In Peace and May God comfort his family.
He was indeed very brilliant!!

Akinjare Akinro / Class of 1973
Posted by Ellis Ogun on June 23, 2021
THE FALCON HAS GONE TO ITS ROOST!
What a sad news, it's highly devastating! I was deflated and depressed when I got the news that my senior prefect in 1970 has gone home. The word that came out of me is that: "Death is a bad reaper, who is always after the unripe fruit". Death, that uninvited arbiter in the affairs of men, has struck again. He has subjected us to the tears flowing down our cheeks like water will gush out from a burst pipe.
  What flashed through my mind was his picture standing before us in our small dinning hall then in 1970. I can still view him holding the school bell, jingling it and dishing out his instructions from the high table, sandwiched among his co-prefects. He was a gentleman with authority. He was easy going and soft-spoken, but highly intelligent. In the comity of sitting intelligentsias, he was standing up, while they were standing up, he was outstanding and while they were outstanding, he was standing out. His academic prowess was unparalleled. It simply reminds of the fact that in the gathering of reptiles, the lizard is a Lance corporal while the crocodile is a field Marsha. He was field Marsha in field of academics.
  His influence in my life right from 1970 when our set came in as freshers to the school was very significant. He impacted his generation. He was tall, robust with attractive black complexion.
  Well, what else can we say than that, death is a necessary end that will come when it will come. Senior Yaqub Oladele got to his bus stop and so has disembarked from his vehicle of destiny. God will grant his family and the entire MHSO family the fortitude to bear the irreparable and irreplaceable loss. God will fill the vacuum that his demise has created in the family. ADIEU SENIOR YAQUB OLADELE, popularly called BA OF LONDON.
Diipo Akinwunmi '74
Posted by Ellis Ogun on June 23, 2021
The members of MHSO Old Students Association commiserate with the1969/70 set on the demise of the senior prefect in1970, Deacon Yakub Oladele, a.k.a BA London. However, we are highly elated at the positive comments from his lifetime contacts. Our condolences to the family he left behind can be posted via the link provided above. -------President.
Posted by Ellis Ogun on June 23, 2021
Yakubu earned his 1st degree before completing his 1st term at MHSO. What a confident individual. He chose the aka BA (London) and so was he called.
May the Lord repose his soul. Our prayers goes to the family he left behind. May the Lord give them the fortitude to bear the loss.

Mike Adetula/69/Dallas
Posted by Victor Obasuyi on June 22, 2021
Our sincere condolences to the family of my dear friend Deacon Yakub Oladele.
All these years of knowing you was inspirational and rewarding especially your spirituality. Going home to God is a fulfillment of our baptism into Christ, so you die to live with him as you go from us to win the crown for eternity.
May your Soul, Yakub Oladele Rest In Peace to find your place at Christ’s eternal banquet.
Amen!

Condolences from The Obasuyi’s
Posted by Dieting Dymistified on June 22, 2021
Adieu snr. BA. May your soul rest in peace. MHSO has lost one of those who made the school better for those coming behind being among the second set of students. May the Lord console his family, friends and acquaintances. Tunde Obasemola MHS Owo 1971 set
Posted by Gboyega Tokunboh on June 22, 2021
My love and deepest condolences go out to the family you left behind especially your two children. Rest In Peace

Tokunboh MHSO 77Set
Posted by Akinjare Akinro on June 22, 2021
May his gentle soul Rest In Peace. He was indeed very brilliant! He was my senior at Methodist High School, Owo, Nigeria.

Akinjare Akinro/73 Vancouver, BC
Posted by Ellis Ogun on June 22, 2021
Mr Yakubu Oladele was the Senior Prefect in 1970. He was a gentle soul. His nickname was BA London. To me he was kind, willing to share, brilliant, hard working, love his immediate family. True to her wife till death did part them. He lost his wife over 4 years ago but never remarried. Myself and my wife will miss him immensely. BA May your Soul Rest In Peace. To all the 69/70 set May Comfort all of us.
Tai Ogundadegbe
Posted by Mary Mbah on June 22, 2021
My deepest condolences to Oladele family and church members. Mr. Yakub was good to me we worked together years ago and I learned a lot from him. He was very dedicated and always willing to help with no complaint. I sent people to him for help and advice and he accepted and guided them on whatever they need. The people I sent to him come back to me praising him. Mr. Yakub will be greatly missed, May his gentle soul Rest In Peace
Posted by Kunle Akerele on June 22, 2021
Brother Yakub, that's how I've always referred to you, a true brother, you were. When I spoke to you early June, I never knew that would be the last time I would ever speak to you on Earth. How we take many things for granted. You were very close to my family and mine to yours. Thank God for the wonderful wife (Geneva), children (Dominic and Kemi), grandchildren, son-in-law, and daughter-in-law that God blessed you with. You were devoted to Geneva and your family. Thank God for that true love.

Also, thank God for the church family. You were originally raised in a Muslim family, but you found Christ, or rather, He found you. Glory be unto God! Christ found you and called you by His Name, and when the time came, God recalled you. Brother Yakub, you have now fulfilled the mission of all flesh. Oh God, who hears prayers, unto you all flesh come. Brother Yakub, we thank God for your life of humility, love, service, and devotion. Continue in your walk with God. We love you, but He loves you best!
Posted by Karen Dunson on June 22, 2021
My heart is in shock, broken and weeps with Yakub's family, church family and friends. He was my business mentor, recently helping me startup my business, dear friend and colleague through many years. He loved God, his family and church. Although I was not witness at his church of his deaconship, I was a witness of it outside of his church. He was a giving, servant of Christ that put his commitment to the cause of Christ first even in his professional life. He supplied me a much needed wheelchair for me to transport my mom until her passing last June, when I couldn't get help from other sources. He was a guardian angel here on earth that God saw fit to promote to His heavenly kingdom. He is truly missed.
Posted by Taj Bakare on June 22, 2021
Yakub Family:
I extend my deepest sympathies to you all. May the soul of Yakub be at peace with our Heavenly Father.

- Bakare Family
Posted by Ban N on June 21, 2021
We are very sorry for the passing of Jacob. He and Geneva were wonderful people. They always were kind and demonstrated the loving characteristic of Christ. We offer our condolence and prayers for their children and family.
Nwufoh family
Posted by Esther Adeniji on June 21, 2021
I am saddened by the sudden death of a dear friend. Difficult and painful for me to accept you have gone to be with the Lord. The world has just lost an incredible life.
Though we have not seen physically in the past 47 years, we discussed issues of concern in the past 2years that fate brought us together as if we were under the same roof. A man that fears God, an analyst and a man full of wisdom. You may be gone from sight but you are never gone from my heart. Rest on Lekan. You always keep me abreast of happenings in Owo despite ,that am closer to the town .Have peace with your maker
Posted by Gideon Adegbile on June 20, 2021
My friend, my brother, my homeboy Deacon Yakub Oladele had three passions: He was loyal to and passionately in love with his wife, Geneva. His devotion and unrelenting passion for his children and grandchildren could not be matched. His diligently demonstrated passion for Christ in his servanthood as a Deacon at Tabernacle Baptist Church was unquestionable, perhaps irreplaceable. May his soul rest in eternal peace!
Posted by Jennifer Robinson on June 19, 2021
On behalf of the Robinson family,we would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family of Deacon Yakub Oladele. We were saddened to hear about the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We pray the good memories you all have of him will comfort you in the days ahead. He will be greatly missed.
6/19/21
Posted by Benita Penkalski on June 19, 2021
Your love for God, your children and grandchildren was evident in everything you outlined for your final wishes. I’ll love you always. Until we meet again, your loving daughter, Kemi.

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Posted by Mary Head on June 30, 2021
Deacon Oladele was a committed disciple of Christ, as was his wife. My prayers go out to the family for the loss of your father, brother, uncle. He worked for his wings and his spreading them up in Heaven.
Posted by Nnodum Iheme on June 25, 2021
May your soul Rest In Peace my brother and friend.
Posted by Samuel Oyebanjo on June 24, 2021
Very humbled, friendly, and disciplined man.. You will be surely missed.. Rest in peace Egbon..
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Shared by Mary McIntyre on June 19, 2021
Thank you for loving my sister, Geneva and for giving the family two beautiful children to love. I enjoyed our talks about the Lord and encouraging words of comfort. You will truly be missed, but one day we will meet again.