Jon L. Oldham

Jon L. Oldham

72, of Westport, passed away at 10:50 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility in Columbus.

He was born on November 17, 1940 in Indianapolis, the son of Glen and Francis (Talbott) Oldham. He was a lifelong resident of Decatur County. He graduated from Jackson Township High School in 1958 and from the Indiana State Police Academy in 1965. Mr. Oldham was an Indiana State Police Trooper from 1965 to 1995. After 6 years as a trooper he became a Detective in 1974. As a detective he worked all kinds of crimes including statewide auto theft and "CHEMSCAM". He served as a homicide investigator for Decatur, Ripley and other surrounding counties. He was elected to and served 2 terms (1995-2003) as Decatur County Sheriff. From 2004 to 2011 he worked as an investigator for the Decatur County Prosecutors office. He was a member of the Mt. Aerie Baptist Church, the Westport Masonic Lodge # 52 F & A.M., the Fraternal Order of Police and the IOOF Lodge # 681 of Westport. He had been named Police Officer of the Year by several different organizations, including the Greensburg Optimist Club, Columbus Exchange Club, Sunman American Legion and the Batesville American Legion. Jon enjoyed traveling, watching his grandchildren's ball games, working outdoors and spending time with his friends and family.

He married Marilyn Jean Black in North Vernon on December 18, 1959. She survives along with his son, Andy (Karen) Oldham: his daughters, Diana (Sam) Miller and Angela (Todd) Swails; his sisters, Monette Clark and Cammie (Jerry) Smith; his brothers, Robert (Mona) Oldham, Jim (Brenda) Oldham, Phillip (Linda) Oldham; his 7 grandchildren, Zachary & Shelby Oldham, Josh, Shayne & Samantha Miller and Kirby & Rylie Swails. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Melinda Oldham; his brother, Glen Oldham and twin grandchildren, Andi & Ashley Oldham.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at the Westport Baptist Church. Burial will be at the Westport Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday at the Westport Baptist Church from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. with a Masonic memorial Service at 9:00 p.m. Bass & Gasper Funeral Home has been entrusted with the services. Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Online condolences can be made to the family at

Funeral Home

Bass and Gasper Funeral Home
402 East Bennett Street Westport, IN 47283
(812) 591-2571

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Jan. 1, 2013