Harold "Butch" Oldenkamp
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Butch Oldenkamp, 55, of Bakersfield, California, went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 14, 2014, in his cabin on the shore of Henry's Lake in Island Park, Idaho, of natural causes.
He was born February 5, 1959, in Corona, California to Harold and Beppy Oldenkamp. He was raised in Ontario, California where he attended Ontario Christian School.
In 1979, he moved to Jerome, Idaho to help a friend establish a dairy. He went on to haul and buck hay, which he did for many years.
In 1981, he returned to California to marry the love of his life, Dana Pinheiro. They were married on October 1, 1982, in Norco, California. They were blessed with three wonderful children, Danielle, John and Nathan. He felt blessed when his family doubled with the additions of Brad, Katie and Jessica.
He and Dana worked hard and started their own company, Oldenkamp Trucking, transporting milk in Ontario, California, in 1993. They moved and expanded the business to Bakersfield in 2005.
Always the avid hunter and fisherman, he and Dana reconnected with the area they loved and purchased a cabin on Henry's Lake.
He loved his family dearly and enjoyed spending time with friends both old and new. He was loved and will be so missed.
He is survived by his wife, Dana of Bakersfield; children, Danielle & Brad Bachar of Sacramento, CA, John & Katie Oldenkamp and Nathan Oldenkamp of Bakersfield; three grandchildren Brooke, Roxanne and Jeremiah all of Bakersfield; his father Harold Oldenkamp of Ontario; a sister Lorraine Feenstra and her family of Hesperia, CA; and a brother Bruce Oldenkamp and family also of Hesperia.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Beppy and a dear sister, Julie Ann Oldenkamp.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 23, at Laurelglen Bible Church, 2801 Ashe Road, Bakersfield, CA 93309, with Pastor Eric Burns officiating.
Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Butch to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Condolences may be sent online to the family at www.baxterfh.com.
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Aug. 20, 2014