FORT WORTH - Orville Kenton Oma, 89, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 4, 2008, after a long bout with Alzheimer's and cancer.
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Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at University Baptist Church, 2720 Wabash Ave., Fort Worth Texas. Interment will be in Polson.
Orville was born to Ole and Karen (Aarli) Oma on Dec. 2, 1918, at their home in Bridger Canyon near Bozeman. He graduated from Bozeman High School in 1938, learned to fly, studied diesel mechanics at Carroll College in Helena, worked for Rohr Aircraft in Chula Vista, Calif., was co-owner and operator of a Texaco service station in Fort Stockton, Texas, and returned to Bozeman, where he took over his family's dairy.
Orville was a World War II flight instructor and a dairy farmer, raised Black Angus cattle and was a cherry orchardist, built houses, pontoon boats and bridges. He was an active church member, loved travel, flying, antique cars, rock hunting, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Orville loved the Lord and visiting with friends and family. He was always willing to help others or to entertain them with a story or song.
Orville was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Lida Mae Oma; his parents; one brother, Tennett Oma; and two sisters, Bertha Meadows and Norma Young.
He is survived by his loving wife, Louise King Oma of Fort Worth, Texas; daughter, Annette Fairchild and husband, Bernie of Redmond, Ore.; son, Kenton Oma and wife, Barbara of Franklin, Tenn.; two stepsons, Paul King and wife, Jeannie of Fort Worth, and Richard King and wife, Debra of Abilene, Texas; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 12, 2008