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Donald Edwin Oldham

July 15, 1924 — August 9, 2021

Donald Edwin Oldham, 97, husband of the late Genevieve Carlson Oldham, died peacefully August 9, 2021, at home. Don was born July 13, 1924 in Onawa, Iowa to the late Ralph Otho and Mabel Luellen Northrop Oldham. He is survived by his children, Sally Buss (Greg) of Clinton Township, MI and Bill Oldham (Susan) of Spartanburg, SC; his grandchildren, Brad Buss, Stacy Buss, Nick (Tekla) Buss, Andrew (Ashlee) Buss, Chris (Orran) Brown, Will (Chelsey) Oldham, and Tanner (Millie) Oldham; and his great grandchildren, Beau Buss Valles and Sally Genevieve Buss Valles (children of Stacy Buss), Anne Ryland Brown, Orran Lee Brown, III, and Beatrice Hall Brown (children of Chris and Orran Brown), and Annabel Bailey Buss (daughter of Nick and Tekla Buss). Don graduated from Iowa State University as a mechanical engineer after serving in World War II in the Army Airforce as a B24 pilot. He completed 35 bombing missions and was awarded several medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross. Don enjoyed his 40 plus year career with Firestone Steel Products (now Spartanburg Steel), retiring as plant manager. He cherished the many friends he made through work, church and community involvement. Always the learner, his many interests included master gardening, woodworking, and history. In his later years, Don was proud to call both Michigan and South Carolina home, splitting his time to enjoy both of his children’s families. He was an active member at First Presbyterian Church Mt. Clemens and First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg. He was also involved in Rotary Club in both locations. Funeral services will be held at First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg at 11:00AM on Friday, August 13, 2021 conducted by Dr. Lewis Galloway and Reverend Ansley Page. Livestreamed fpcspartanburg.org In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 393 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302 or First Presbyterian Church Mt. Clemens, 168 Cass Avenue, Mt. Clemens, MI 48043.
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