Clarence Bud Willard Oldham

November 15, 1925May 18, 2013

Clarence Willard Oldham, aged 87, passed away on May 18, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hazel and William Oldham of Kent City, sisters Wilma (Mike) Gorby, Grace (Clair) Powney and wife Elverna (Metzger). He will be missed by his surviving wife Caroline, daughters Sharon Sue (Robert) Quick, Cynthia (Don) Yaw, Judy (Dennis) Schultz, Loretta (Richard) Young, Janice (Jack) O’Donnell, step-daughter Janice (William) Henkel, thirteen grandchildren, twenty one great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Clarence was a four year veteran of the United States Marine Corp, who proudly served his country during WWII. He worked thirty six years for the Grand Rapids Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting and fishing of all kinds.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Reyers North Valley Chapel with Pastor Robert Oliveira of Cowden Lake Christian Church officiating. You may greet his family for visitation on Tuesday evening, May 21, from 6-8 p.m. or on Wednesday morning, May 22, from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment in Blythefield Memory Gardens.

Memorial Contributions may be made in memory of Clarence to Hospice of Michigan with envelopes available at the funeral home.


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 21, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, May 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Clarence Bud Willard Oldham

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Mike and Teri Quick

May 22, 2013

Thoughts and Prayers are with you all. May the arms of God wrap around you in this time of sorrow.

Bob Mead

May 22, 2013

to my other sisters. my warmest love for you at this time come to you.

Esther Van Hammen

May 21, 2013

Dear Caroline and all the girls: My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of the death of your husband, father, and my friend, Clare. Lots of fond memories of our times together over the years. He was the last surviving member of the old #12 Grand Rapids Fire Department engine house. Now he and Bob and the others can have fun recalling the "fun" times as well as all the BIG fires. I am at Platte Lake so cannot come for visitation or the funeral, so take a big HUG from me this way. Lovingly Esther Van Hammen

May 21, 2013

caroline and family was sorry to hear about clare's passing.with deepest sympathy jaye&pat cole

May 21, 2013

So sorry to hear of Clare's passing. We can not make the funeral but our prayers will be with you.
Jerry and Mary Blumenstein

May 21, 2013

Jan, so sorry to hear about your Dad. You are always in my thoughts and prayers but even more so now. May your cherished memories help comfort you. Love....Sheryl

May 21, 2013

I was so sorry to hear about your dad/husband passing away. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Uncle Russell Mead.

May 21, 2013

We are sorry to hear about Uncle Bud passing away. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. With Deepest Sympathy, Chaplain Rocky and Pat (Mead)Heiss.

Jan O'Donnell

May 21, 2013

My best memories of my Dad are fishing on the dock at the cottage on Hess Lake in Newaygo. If I actually caught a fish I'd have to swing it over to Dad to take it off the hook because I just couldn't hurt the fish. Thank you Dad for those memories. I Love and Miss You!

Nickie Stevens

May 20, 2013

My Grandpa may you rest in peace! You are in the Greatest place, the lord has brought you home, I love you, and we will meet again!!!!!!