Thomas William Oldfield (Barney) peacefully passed away on August 20, 2018 with his family surrounding him. He was born in Marion, Indiana on October 28, 1942 to Alta and James Oldfield.
With his Dad in the military, Tom lived in many places: Greece, Italy, Iowa, Louisiana and California. Tom attended Desert High School in Edwards Air Force Base, CA and was a Machinists Mate in the Navy in Vietnam 1963-1967
He married Diane in 1968 at San Luis Rey Mission and together they raised Brian and Jenna in Escondido, CA. He was active in Correcaminos 4WD club of Vista and Boy Scouts while working at Reliable Steel in San Diego. Beginning in 1991, he was co-owner of Curb and Vent Manufacturing with Mike Fraser for 20 years.
He is predeceased by his parents, Alta and James Oldfield and by his siblings: Patty Ann Johannsen, Rose Mary Larsen and Jim Oldfield.
He leaves behind his wife Diane of 50 years, son Brian Oldfield (and Sarah Lawrence) and daughter Jenna Holland (and Casey Holland), 4 grandchildren he dearly loved, Theadora Oldfield, Sophia, Cooper and Mason Holland, Diane’s sisters, Jan Simpson and Linnie Yearley, nieces, nephews and many friends.
All who knew and loved him will miss his humor, grit, old Navy sayings and his twinkling blue eyes.
A short military service will be held October 1, at 11:00 AM at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego. Please arrive at 10:30 for procession. A reception will follow at First United Methodist Church, 341 S. Kalmia St., Escondido at 1:00.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Wounded Warriors Project or Team Rubicon.
If you need any information, Tom’s wife Diane’s phone no. is: 760-743-8652.
Tom came to Edwards in Jr. High. He fit right in and became one of our Desert family. He had such a great sense of humor, loved to dance, had the corniest (but funny) jokes and made each of us feel we were his best friend, except that – that honor went to Eddie Behrendt, who stayed friends with Tom throughout a lifetime. Tom came to almost every reunion we had. He was always so much fun – our reunions definitely wouldn’t have been as much fun without him. He will be greatly missed!