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James Delbert Oldman Jr.

Jan 16, 2013 Staff

James Delbert Oldman Jr., of Ethete, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Lander Regional Hospital. He was 47 years old.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Blue Sky Hall in Ethete. A wake and rosary will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, also at Blue Sky Hall.

James D. Oldman was born Jan. 25, 1965, in Lander, the son of Alvena J. Oldman and the late James A. Oldman Sr.

He attended Mill Creek Elementary/Middle School and graduated from Wyoming Indian High School in 1983. He was very active in all sports in high school and especially loved basketball. He was a member of the Wyoming Indian Chiefs 50-consecutive winning streak team. He danced in the Arapaho Sundance and also participated in the Rabbit Lodge yearly.

Mr. Oldman attended Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kan., and Central Wyoming College in Riverton. He excelled in his math classes and always said, "Hey, I know what the numbers are all about."

He married Angela Crazy Thunder on Feb. 14, 1986, and they had two children, Joshua Aaron and Melanie Randee Josephine. The couple later divorced.

His family said he loved helping his mother, Alvena, with chores at her house. He also liked watching ESPN sports, going to the casino slot tournaments and spending time with his brother Myron and his nephews. He also enjoyed riding around with his nephew Dallas Wallowing Bull.

He is survived by his mother, Alvena J. Oldman; grandparents Lillian and Joe Chavez; children Joshua and Melanie Oldman, Samantha and Stacie Oldman, Jimmy and Connie Standing Elk and Alexandria Winn; aunts Iris Oldman, Lucy Willow, Arline Trosper, Kathy Chavez, Myra Watt, Anita Hungary, Jodi Jorgenson, Audrey, Patricia, Kay, Becky and Alicia Underwood; uncles Donnie, Marty, Keith, Clarence Chavez, William Watt Sr., Alfred Redman Sr., John, Jerome, Marty and Patrick Underwood; sisters Patricia Trosper and her husband Milton, Donita Standing Elk, Janie Brown and her husband Jim, Arlene Oldman, Lanelle Goggles, Cathy Jo Goggles, Gretta Oldman, Shanda, Mona Glenmore, Loula Watt, Shelly St. Clair, Rosie Trosper, Donna Trosper, Valerie Chavez, Jolene Ghostbear, Joan Willow, Eloise Stewart, Margie Willow, Veronica Addison, Christine Niedo, Linda Willow, Nicole Wagon and Tammy Watt; and brothers Myron Chavez Sr., Truman Trosper, Rupert Goggles Jr., Duane J. Oldman Jr., Chico and Cleve Her Many Horses, Fabian Hurd, Vernon Spoonhunter, Shannon and Mylan Glenmore Sr. and Michael Hatt Jr.

He was preceded in death by his father, James A. Oldman Sr.; grandparents Clark Takes Horse, Winifred Big Road, Elk and Josephine Redman and Mary Hungary; aunt Vera Trosper; uncles Duane Oldman Sr., Michael Hatt Sr., Bruce Chavez, Edward and Vincent Underwood and Vincent Redman Sr.; and brothers Duane and William "Billy" Oldman, Greg Trosper and Patrick Chavez.

Services are under the direction of the Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander. An online guest book is available at

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