Alan “Al” Clair Oldham, who had been named Policeman of the Year and Deputy of the Year, died at his home on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.
He was born in 1930 to Frank and Edith (Murray) Oldham in Charles City, Iowa. He graduated from Immaculate Conception High School and came to Billings to work for his uncle at O.I. Lathing Co. He married Marion Virginia Gregory in 1951.
He was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He and his wife moved to Paso Robles, Calif., where he was stationed at Camp Roberts Army Base. He served as a military policeman for 16 months at Pong Am Do, Korea. After his discharge, they moved to Billings.
He worked for the railroad before joining the Billings Police Department. He was a juvenile detective who was instrumental in organizing the Crime Prevention Program and appeared on the Crime Stoppers TV segment.
He retired in 1976 from the Billings Police Department and continued in law enforcement with the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office for 15 more years.
He was a member of Knights of Columbus and Lake Hills Golf Club for seniors and served on the board of the Rimrock Credit Union for many years. He was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, which he served as an usher and Eucharistic Minister.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Marilyn Hardy of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Debra Miller of Townsend and Patti Doble; son, Greg Oldham of Billings; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation was Jan. 21, and Vigil Service was Jan. 21 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass was Jan. 22 St. Bernard’s with a reception to follow. Private family interment was in the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery. Arrangements were by Dahl Funeral Chapel.