|Birth: ||Nov. 17, 1940|
|Death: ||Dec. 29, 2012|
Uncle Jon was the sheriff of Decatur County, Indiana, he is the grandfather of Ashley Renee' and Andi Renee' Oldham.
Uncle Jon was one of the three Jon's (John's) that were in my life. He helped me learn how to drive when my father was stationed in Korea. The other two John's that taught me to drive my Uncle John Oliver Schlechtweg and my cousin's husband John Teitsort.
December 30, 2012
Jon L. Oldham, 72
Greensburg Daily News
Greensburg — Jon L. Oldham, 72, of Westport, passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility in Columbus.
He was born Nov. 17, 1940 in Indianapolis, the son of Glen and Francis (Talbott) Oldham.
He was raised in Jackson Township and was a lifelong resident of Decatur County.
He graduated from Jackson Township High School in 1958 and from the Indiana State Police Academy in 1965. Mr. Oldham was an Indiana State Police Trooper from 1965 to 1995.
After six years as a trooper, he became a detective in 1974.
As a detective, he worked all manner of crimes including statewide auto theft and "CHEMSCAM".
He served as a homicide investigator for Decatur, Ripley and other surrounding counties. He was elected to and served two terms (1995-2003) as Decatur County Sheriff.
From 2004 to 2011, he worked as an investigator for the Decatur County Prosecutor's office.
He was a member of the Mt. Aerie Baptist Church, the Westport Masonic Lodge # 52 F & A.M., the Fraternal Order of Police and the IOOF Lodge # 681 of Westport.
He had been named Police Officer of the Year by several different organizations, including the Greensburg Optimist Club, Columbus Exchange Club, Sunman American Legion and the Batesville American Legion. Jon enjoyed traveling, watching his grandchildren's ball games, working outdoors and spending time with his friends and family.
He married Marilyn Jean Black in North Vernon Dec. 18, 1959. She survives along with his son, Andy (Karen) Oldham of Greenfield, his daughters: Diana (Sam) Miller of Westport and Angela (Todd) Swails of Greenwood: his sisters, Monette Clark of Columbus and Cammie (Jerry) Smith of Edinburgh; his brothers, Robert(Mona) Oldham of Prineville, Oregon, Jim (Brenda) Oldham of Hartsville, Phillip (Linda) Oldham of Greensburg; his seven grandchildren: Zachary & Shelby Oldham, of Greenfield, Josh, Shayne & Samantha Miller of Westport, Kirby & Rylie Swails of Greenwood.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Melinda Oldham; his brother, Glen Oldham and twin grandchildren, Andi & Ashley Oldham.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 at Westport Baptist Church, Rev. David A. Scaggs officiating.
Burial will be in Westport Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Westport Baptist Church with a Masonic memorial Service at 9 p.m.
Bass & Gasper Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.bassgasper.com.
Former Decatur County Sheriff, Jon Oldham, 72, passed away Dec. 29, 2012.
Having served as sheriff from 1995 to 2003, Oldham was easily and fondly recalled by several members of the community earlier this week.
"I've known Jon since I was 16-years-old and he was a state policeman," said Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert.
Mayor Herbert said that he had been pulled over many times for traffic tickets by Jon, and once got a citation for not having his driver's license with him.
"If you were honest he would give you a break," said Herbert. "He told me ‘you have 24 hours to find that license and show it to me'. I said ‘yes, sir."
Herbert likened Jon Oldham to the sheriff in the 1973 film "Walking Tall," describing Jon as having a good heart, a good family, who was a good person, a good policeman, and a good investigator.
"If you tried to get something over him you weren't going to win," said Herbert. Mayor Herbert said he felt that Oldham would have never used a gun if he could help it.
"I wish we had a lot more police like Jon Oldham. The man will definitely be missed."
Stacy Chasteen, Greensburg Chief of Police, expressed that she would greatly miss her friend.
"I've known him since 1993 when I came on with the Greensburg Police Department," Chasteen said.
She shared that one of Oldham's tasks was processing marijuana seized from suspects, and that she and the sheriff worked together sharing evidence from different cases during this time. They would talk during those opportunities and forged a working friendship.
"We shared many conversations," Chasteen said. "He had a lot of knowledge."
Jeff Emsweller, former Daily News publisher, worked with Jon in the 90's.
"Oldham was a unique individual, a very caring guy," said Emsweller, "He did a lot of things for this community that a lot of people don't know about. He was a fun guy. Sometimes it was hard to tell when he was kidding or pulling your leg and you had to learn to separate it"
Emsweller shared the story that once, the Daily News had published the photo and story of a man who had robbed a Batesville bank. The man had later arrived at the Daily News and offered death threats against Emsweller for publishing the story.
Emsweller, genuinely concerned for his life, called the police and explained the situation.
"Jon gave him a talking to," Emsweller said with humor.
The next day the man returned to the paper and marched into Emsweller's office, not telling anyone else in the office of his intentions to apologize. The police were called.
Emsweller said Jon had heard the dispatch order and was at the office before anyone arrived. Not knowing why the man was there, Jon put himself between Emsweller and the person who had been making threats.
"I always felt safe around Jon," Emsweller said fondly, "He was a good guy."
If you have any thoughts or stories you would like to share about former Decatur County Sheriff Jon Oldham, please send them to email@example.com, or come to the Daily News office at 135 S. Franklin Street.
Contact: Tess Rowing 812-663-3111 x7004
Frances Oldham (1908 - 1975)
Jon Lesnar Oldham (1940 - 2012)
Melinda J. Oldham (1947 - 2011)*
Created by: Juanita Arnold
Record added: Dec 29, 2012
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