This is one of my favorite pictures of my late grandfather. Click on the picture to see the rest of the images I used in the slideshow during the wake.
James H. Oldham, age 90, of Newark died August 6, 2010 at JSB Retirement Villa in Ottawa, IL surrounded by friends and loved ones.
Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at the Nelson Funeral Home & Crematory, 1275 Countyline Road, Sandwich, IL. Interment will be in the Millington-Newark Cemetery in Millington, IL.
Friends may visit from 4:00 until 7:00 PM on Monday, August 9, 2010 at the Nelson Funeral Home & Crematory in Sandwich, IL.
James was born in Crocker, Missouri on January 25, 1920 and moved to Illinois about 1935. He married Dorothy Denny on October 4, 1942 and enjoyed 62 years of married life. He served during WWII in the Philippines as an Army medic. James moved his family from Alton, IL area to the Chicagoland area in 1955. He lived in Downers Grove from 1955 to 1983, when he relocated to the Seneca area. After 28 years as a Union Carpenter, he resumed farming, raising pigs and chickens during retirement.
He was active with the congregation of Jehovah's witnesses in Ottawa, IL. He traveled extensively as a volunteer, using his building skills to construct Kingdom Halls and Assembly Halls used by Jehovah's witnesses. He was frequently the oldest volunteer on location, and was accompanied by his faithful border collie, Sadie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 62 years, Dorothy, his two brothers (Wilmer and Alva), and his two sisters (Mary and Ina). Survivors include four children, Elaine Owens of Newark, IL, Shereen (Peter) Venning of Elgin, IL, Kim Oldham of Brighton, CO, and Rick (Beverly) Oldham of Winfield, IL. Other survivors include 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Memorials may be directed to Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 1167, Americus, GA 31709-9951.