July 25, 1930 — Jan. 4, 2019
Donald Eugene Oldham Sr., 88, passed away peacefully in his sleep Jan. 4, 2019.
Born in Wichita, Kan., on July 25, 1930, Don’s family moved to Merced, Calif., where he graduated from high school. He then joined the Navy where he spent the next 23 years. His naval career culminated with a rank of master chief and being named Navy Man of the Pacific.
Don met the love of his life, Mary Ann Engle while stationed in Philadelphia, Pa., and they married in 1957. After 56 years of marriage, Mary Ann passed away in 2013.
The Navy gave Don a taste for travel and he and Mary Ann enjoyed traveling the world with highlights being trips to Spain, Singapore and China.
Survivors include four children, Donna Kranik (Claude), Donald Oldham Jr. (Ethann), Doug Oldham (Dee), and Diana Barley (Mark); two grandchildren, Clayton and Claire Kranik; as well as Don’s sister, Dorothy Shockley.
A rosary at 1:30 p.m. and a funeral Mass at 2 p.m. Friday are planned at St. Rose Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul of Cowlitz County, P.O. Box 2975, Longview, WA 98632.