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Bruce Dale Oldham

Birth Date: January 25, 1948
Death Date: June 25, 2015

Bruce D. Oldham was born January 25, 1948 at County Hospital in Sacramento, California to Gordon Keith and Joyce Oldham. He had two older brothers, Mike and Larry and one younger sister, Mariann. Bruce grew up in Del Paso Heights, attending Bell Avenue Elementary School, Del Paso Junior High and graduated from Grant High School in 1966. Bruce joined the US Army after graduation, reenlisting in 1969 and honorably discharged in 1972. He remained proud of his military service his entire life.

On July 17, 1971, he married Kathy Reynolds in Sacramento. Their family grew to include four children: Gordon, born January 15, 1973, Robin, born August 30, 1975, Jeremy, born September 8, 1978 and Tammy, born July 26, 1982. Bruce was raised in the Latter Day Saint faith and he and Kathy were active members, raising their children in as LDS members as well.

Bruce spent most of his working career in the printing industry. His knowledge and ability was honed at different printing companies in Sacramento. Bruce started at an entry level position and spent years learning all he could about the industry. Bruce worked his way to the lithographer position. Never one to back away from hard work, he also instilled this quality into each of his children through his example. Though he worked full time, he was always a constant source of encouragement, supported his children in their pursuits. He never failed to show his support through attendance and encouraging word whether it was pageants, sports, dance or schooling.

Bruce happily attended the weddings of each of his children, welcoming each spouse into his family. He walked Robin down the aisle in November 1995, standing proudly as Gordon married in May of 1999 and Jeremy in April of 2004, finally walking Tammy down the aisle in September of 2010. His family grew as grandchildren were born, each one his pride and joy. Bruce was the very proud Pappy to: Dermot, born June 13, 1999, Nolan, born November 11, 2002, Grace, born May 18, 2003, Audrey, born March 3, 2005, triplets Madison, Wyatt and Lilly, born November 5, 2007, Ella born January 18, 2009, Sabrina, born October 27, 2009 and Khloee, born May 31, 2012. Hardly ever seen without a hat, the last couple years saw Bruce usually wearing one of two hats, one stating him as #1 Pappy and the other he had made stating he had the #1 grandchildren. Each of these hats had all 10 names embroidered on the back, making sure room was left for more names. Continuing with the encouragement he started as his children grew, his life revolved around his grandchildren, welcoming hugs, kisses, pictures, stories or anything they wanted to give him and always made time for them, scheduling his time around their activities.

Bruce was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2007. Due to other complications and illness, Bruce was placed on the transplant list as a candidate for a new liver. On Halloween 2010, the call came through that a compatible liver was available and he quickly packed up and headed to UCSF that night. On November 1, 2010, after many hours, Bruce came out of surgery and started his transplant recovery. In November of 2011, the family went to Disneyland to celebrate his one year transplant anniversary. Unfortunately, Bruce was diagnosed with liver cancer yet again in 2012. After 3 years of treatment and fight, Bruce was cared for by his loving wife, Kathy, and with the help and support of his family and passed away peacefully at his home in Antelope, CA on the evening of June 25, 2015.

He was proceeded in death by his parents and his sister. Bruce is survived by his spouse, children and their spouses and grandchildren.

Cemetery
Sunset Lawn Memorial Park
4701 Marysville Blvd Sacramento, CA 95838
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Funeral Service
July 2, 2015
10:00 am
Sacramento: Sunset Lawn Chapel of the Chimes
4701 Marysville Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95838
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Visitation
July 1, 2015
4:00 pm
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Sacramento: Sunset Lawn Chapel of the Chimes Main Chapel
4701 Marysville Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95838
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  1. Kathy and family, keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers as you struggle through this difficult time. I have many years of fond memories of Bruce and our families together. He made us laugh often and was there to support us when we needed it and always there to help. I have and will continue to cherish all those memories. He left us way to soon but is at peace now! Blessings to you and your family…..
    ~ Kathy Spradley

  2. Sending our deepest and most sincere condolences to your amazing family. We love you and love the legacy your dear father left behind. I admired his dedication and was always uplifted by his cheerful personality. You always felt loved even if you had only known him for a moment. We love you!

  3. Kathy and family, my deepest condolences to you all.
    Bruce always made us laugh when we were little kids, sorry our
    families didn't spend more time together after we were grown.
    How nice to know Bruce's life has been surrounded by such a loving
    tight knit family.
    You are in my prayers.

    Cousin Sue O'Donnel Roussel

  4. We will miss you coming over and showing the kids how to make a big splash in the pool. We will miss just hanging out with the family while you make your burgers. You were always more than just an Uncle to us. We love you and miss you.

  5. Uncle Bruce,

    I will always remember the laughs you brought to a room and the unconditional love you had for me and my siblings. Our visits were too Sacramento were too few but I will cherish those memories. You were always close to my heart and I love you.

    Larry Oldham II

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