Ronald Weldon Oldham was born on July 18,1937 to Thomas Weldon and Edna Clair Stead in Sacramento, California. He was the only child born to Tom and Edna, and he enjoyed having their undivided attention. He remembered the gas rationing and victory gardens associated with World War II; thus his family tended to be frugal and make every penny stretch.
Ron grew up in Sacramento, and after graduating from high school he married his first wife. He and Judy had two children, Debra and Thomas. That marriage ended in divorce and Ron introduced to a pretty, dark eyed young woman named Zelma Lee. As he and Zelma dated, Ron was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As they grew closer, Ron became a member and they were married, and later sealed in the Oakland Temple in the spring of 1968. Shortly after their sealing, they relocated to Zelma's home town of Heyburn, Idaho. Ron was employed by Ore-Ida Foods, later called McCain's, where he was a machine operator until he retired in the early 2000's. He and Zelma lived Heyburn until Zelma's passing in 2019.
A favorite hobby of Ron's was fast cars, both old and new. He could tell you the make, model, and year made of most cars that were driven on the street. Even later, when his memory of other things began to dim, he could still tell you the names and years of most of the classic cars that he would see.
On November 5, 2021 Ron passed away at Grace Assisted living in Twin Falls, Idaho where he had resided since June of 2019. He is survived by his children: Debra (Thomas) Nelson, and Tom (Maria) Oldham: three grandchildren, a great grandchild with another on the way: his sister-in-law, MaryEtta (Richard) Wright: his brothers-in-law: Stanley Lee, Donald (Irene) Lee, LaVere (Susan) Lee, and Dale (Phyllis) Lee, and 19 nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his wife, Zelma, his parents, a brother-in-law Darrel, his sister-in-law Joanne, another sister-in-law and her husband Ramona and Donald Okelberry, and a nephew Curtis Okelberry.
LaVere and Susan would especially like to thank Dr. Ippolito, the caring, kind, and supportive staff at Grace Assisted, the sweet and helpful staff at Visions Hospice, and the the loving friends at Grace that made Ron's last months so enjoyable. You all made him feel accepted, comforted, and loved. We are grateful.