Monroe A. Oldham, 94, Vandalia

Monroe A. Oldham, 94, of Vandalia and formerly of Greenville, died on Monday, May 5, 2008, at Sweetbriar Retirement Home in Vandalia.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in South Hill Cemetery, Vandalia. Visitation was to be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials: Greenville Regional Hospital or Bethlehem Cemetery.

Mr. Oldham was born on Jan. 13, 1914, in Shobonier, the son of Albert and Leora Lape Oldham. He married Opal Thacker on July 4, 1950, in Greenville; she died on March 30, 2002.

He was reared in the Shobonier area, and after high school, he farmed and worked for Ford Roofing in Vandalia for 10 years. He then worked at Illinois Gas Co. in Vandalia for 18 years, then was employed by Illinois Power Co., from which he retired in 1979. He and his wife moved to Greenville in 1961, and after retirement, he was a driver for Bohle Oil Co. and also worked for Thrifty Rent-A-Car Center in Florida for two years. He last worked for Schmitt Auto Co. He was a member of Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F&A.M. and Ainad Temple. He was a member of the Greenville Fire Department for 30 years.

He is survived by a sister, Cleta Boellone of Wood River; and a brother, Gary Oldham of Vandalia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Lila Alexander; brothers, Larry (in infancy) and Johnnie Oldham; and sister, Alma Oldham.

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