John OldmanNov 7, 2013 Staff
John Oldman died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at the Safe Haven Care Facility in Pocatello, Idaho. He was 72 years old.
A wake will be Thursday, Nov. 7, at Great Plains Hall in Arapahoe. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Great Plains Hall. Burial will follow at the Oldman family cemetery on Left Hand Ditch Road.
John Oldman was born Feb. 8, 1941, the son of Daniel J. Oldman Sr, and Frances Esther (Headley) Oldman. His Indian name was Noo'oeeniitou/Goes out Blows whistle in four directions. He was one of 15 children and had a twin brother named James.
He was a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and lived most of his life on the Wind River Indian Reservation. In his younger days he helped his parents move cattle to Burgess. He had a favorite horse named "Knuckle Head."
He attended Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas and a trade school in San Jose, Calif. He obtained an associate degree in general studies at Central Wyoming College.
He was active in the Native American church, was a member of the "Eagle" drum, and was of the Catholic faith.R32;His family said he enjoyed his Arapaho way of life. As he grew older, he was not able to participate as much so he taught his family, sons, grandsons and adopted family how to "take care of fire" and "make moon." He was adamant on doing this right. He gave Indian names to a lot of grandchildren.
His family said his hobbies included word finds and playing rummy and solitary. He also took many trips to Nebo with his family to hunt or cut wood. R32;He is survived by his siblings, Nora Pauline Oldman of Arapahoe, Daniel J. Oldman Sr. of Arapahoe, Stuart P. Oldman of Fort Washakie, Wayne C'Hair of Arapahoe and Donald Sharp of Ethete; sister-in-law Rose M. Oldman; aunts Lydia Jenkins, Lillian Chaves, Eva Mead and Flossie Brown; uncles Joseph Chaves, Wayne Brown and Rueben Jenkins; daughters Betty Mathews, Sue Johnson, Beverly Denipah, Arlene Santillanes, Halen Faye Brown, Susie Villa, Regina Black Bear, Lujuana Antelope, Becky and LaDeena Bell, Nicole Gardner, Sharon Wagon, Alvina Little Whiteman, Amelia Harris, Bridget, Alberta, Melvina and Andrea Oldman; and sons Marion, Drew, Ronald, Joseph H., Lance, Gary, Franklin and Melvin Oldman, Thomas, Benjamin, Gardner, Daleray, Stuart, Andrew C'Hair, White Otter Goggles, Billy Joe Goggles, Wilber and Wesley Antelope, Martin Blackburn and Paul Damien Blackbear.R32;He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Esther Headley Oldman; wife Mary LouR32;Amour; brothers James, Benjamin, Joseph, Dewey Oldman and Bobbie Joe Goggles; and sister PhyllisR32;Gardner.
Services are under the direction of Bannock Pride of Fort Hall, Idaho, and the Oldman family.