David E Oldham, 78, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Yuma home on Thursday, Jan. 2. He was born on Sept. 15, 1935 in

David E. Oldham

David E. Oldham 

David E Oldham, 78, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Yuma home on Thursday, Jan. 2. He was born on Sept. 15, 1935 in Pueblo, Colo. He entered the U.S. Navy at 18 and proudly served his country for 20 years. Afterwards, he worked bridge-construction for the Union Pacific Railroad. He was best known for his love of anything Irish, from St. Patrick’s Day to green top hats and shillelaghs. It was a rare day that he wasn’t dressed in something green and he loved to greet people with a smile and “a top of the morning to you”. He kept his sunny disposition right up to the end.

David is survived by sisters Peggy Oldham of Joplin, Mo. and Patsy Valencia of Pueblo, Colo.; children, Jacqueline Strange of Garden Grove, Calif., Alexis McMannis (Craig) of Winters, Calif., and Race Oldham (Tesa) of Salt Lake City, Utah; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his loving pet and best friend, Consuela. Services will be held at a later date. See more and sign the guest book at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries