Former Routt County resident Thomas Charles Oldfield of Auffargis, France, died March 13, 2004, with his family by his side. He was 86.
Thomas was born Nov. 29, 1917, in Mount Harris, Colo., to Tom and Buena Oldfield. He attended grade school in Bear River and graduated high school in 1934 in Hayden.
Thomas was inducted into the Army in December of 1941 at Fort Logan and served as a medic of the 29th Division's 116th Regiment, which was part of the U.S. First Army. He was with the force that landed on Omaha Beach in France on June 6, 1944.
In the fall of that year, he met his future wife, Fernande Bugnano, and they were married Jan. 20, 1945, after his discharge from the Army. The family followed as he worked with different U.S. entities in Germany, Belgium and Paris. They settled in Auffargis, France.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Gladys.
Thomas is survived by his wife; three sons, Philip, Allen and Raymond of France; a granddaughter, Heloise, of France; two brothers, Earl of Grand Junction and Leonard of Las Vegas, Nev.; a sister, Mildred, of Arvada; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A full military ceremony was celebrated Friday, March 19, 2004 at the Auffargis Cemetery.