William Glen Oldfather. Bill was born in Anthony, Kansas and passed away January 21, 2016 in Clarkdale, AZ. He was a hero in every sense of the word.
When he was a child, he asked his mother what the name "William" meant, and she told him "protector." From then on, it was his life purpose.
A World War II veteran, he joined the Marines in 1940 and served until 1946. Stationed in the South Pacific, he received many medals, including the Purple Heart during the battle of Midway.
Because of the then restrictions and responsibilities of the war, he was unable to get back to the United States to see his first born child, until she was almost 2 years old.
Later after he was again a civilian, he joined the fire department in Phoenix, AZ where he served as a captain. This career lasted over 30 years.
After retirement, he moved to the Verde Valley and worked for the Forestry Department and Yavapai County. Father of 2 children, Mrs. William Alexander (Karen) of Phoenix and William Oldfather Jr., husband of Carolyn, from Dewey, AZ.
He was the grandfather of 7 children and great grandfather of 20 children. As a result of being admired as a firefighter, others in the family followed the same path, including his son, a grandson who is now a captain, a grandson-in-law and a great grandson.
Bill had a long and loving marriage with Ermine Aycock Oldfather. She passed away in 1989. A few years later, he married Jeanne, mother of 3 children: Brian Johnson, Joyce Guidroz and Krista Reyes. She is grandmother of 5 children and 2 great grandchildren.
Their 22 years together was a marriage filled with love and laughter. Not only was Bill a hero with courage, but a truly loving and compassionate man that became a wonderful father and grandfather to his foster family.
He played and loved golf as well as hunting and fishing, and enjoying friendships with many throughout the years. His mind was sharp, his humor enjoyable and his loving understanding was comforting.
He is also survived by his sister Dorothy Gooch and brother Clifton Oldfather and their families. Memorial services will be held in Phoenix.
He will be greatly missed by all of us.
Information provided by survivors.