Therman Dale Oldham passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016. He is now free of pain, whole in body and spirit and in the very presence of his Lord and Master.
Therman was born in Tucumcari, New Mexico on September 15, 1936 to Virgil and Bessie Oldham. He graduated from Portales High School (Portales, NM) in 1955, and from Eastern New Mexico University in 1962.
Over the years, Therman had many occupations. As a school teacher, he was both strict and beloved by his students. He taught in Clovis, New Mexico, Dimmitt and Kermit, Texas. When he wasn't teaching, he owned his own plumbing and construction companies. He also wrote three western novels under the pen name of Dale Oldham.
Therman loved his wife, Helen. They were high school sweet hearts and were blessed to share 59 years of marriage together.
Therman was faithful to his Lord. Over the years, he taught Sunday School, volunteered his talents, and even occasionally preached. After his retirement, he volunteered with the Texas Baptist Men. He used his experience in construction to serve Christian camps and churches in Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. He truly loved this ministry and was probably more fulfilled in his "retirement" than when he was working. He described the men of TBM as "some of the closest friends I have ever had." Riverbend Retreat Center became their home and "refuge" for the last six years. When he was no longer able to do construction, he became a "data entry" person at the RRC office.
Therman is survived by his wife, Helen. Their children are Pamela Oldham of Hurst, TX; David Mark Oldham of Frederick, CO; Mike Oldham (Chris) of Falcon, Co and Rebecca Oldham of Amarillo, TX. Grand children are Nathaniel Oldham of Dallas, Texas; Jacob Oldham (Erin) of Dallas, Texas; and Zhansaya Oldham of Amarillo, Texas. He has seven nieces and three nephews. He was also considered a grandfather to hundreds of camp summer staff over the years at the various camps where he served. He was preceded in death by his parents Bessie and Virgil Oldham and his two brothers, Dwain Oldham (Peggy) and Ralph Leroy Oldham (Ann).
The family wishes to thank all of his caring doctors, his "family" at Granbury Fresenius, and Riverbend Retreat Center management and staff.
Therman leaves a legacy of love, faith, humor, gentleness, and wisdom.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Riverbend Retreat Center or Texas Baptist Men.