James Leonard Oldland III, 76, of Central Point, died Friday, March 7, 2003, at Providence Medford Medical Center in Medford.
His funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at the First Church of the Nazarene at Medford. Pastor Kevin Gowland officiated. There was a reception at the church after the service.
Mr. Oldland was born on March 25, 1926, at Bellingham, Wash. At the age of 8, his family returned to Coos Bay. He attended Bay area schools and was a graduate of Marshfield High School where he played football.
After a year of college he joined the U.S. Navy. He served on the destroyer the USS Hughs during World War II. He married his high school sweetheart, Frances Michael, in 1945 at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Baker City.
After discharged from the Navy, he worked as a salesman for Kraft Foods. In 1956 he began working for Arrow Transportation where he was a dispatcher and driver until his retirement in 1983.
During this time Mr. Oldland and his wife raised two children: a son, Jim; and a daughter, Kristen. He was a member of the First Christian Church at North Bend and later attended the First Church of the Nazarene at Medford. He and his wife moved to Central Point in 1991.
Mr. Oldland was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed reading, the outdoors, fishing and hunting as well as refereeing basketball. Most of all, he took delight in spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Oldland of Central Point; his son, Jim, of Medford; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
His daughter, Kirsten Oldland, died 1998.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene’s Compassionate Ministry Fund, 1974 E. McAndrews Road, Medford, OR 97504.
Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, March, 2003
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor