John “Jack” R. Oldani

Published 3:05 pm Tuesday, March 13, 2018


John “Jack” R. Oldani, 81, of Orange, Texas, passed away on March 12, 2018.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 16, 2018, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange. Officiating will be Father Sinclair Oubre, Father Tom Phelan, and Father Dave Edwards. Entombment will follow at St. Mary Mausoleum.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., with a Vigil Service held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Born in Joliet, Illinois, on June 29, 1936. He was the son of John Robert Oldani and Gladys Elizabeth Gronemann. Jack attended Joliet Catholic High School and Joliet Jr. College. He was in the United States Marine Reserves. Jack was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, where he served as Treasurer and previously Grand Knight. Jack was also a member of the Propeller Club and Rotary Club. He was President of Weaver Shipyard and Vice President of L&L Marine. Jack was a kind, loving, and generous man who loved his wife and family dearly, especially his grandchildren. He loved the Lord and was a faithful Catholic and devoted member of his church. Jack was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

Jack is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Marilyn (Buldak) Oldani; children, Dan Oldani and wife Norma, Doug Oldani and wife Tammy, Amy Ousley and husband Steven, and Dave Oldani and wife Lisa; grandchildren, Amanda Brill and husband Matt, Lauren Hall and husband Cameron, Danny Oldani, Carlea Oldani, John Oldani, Abbey Oldani, Kaitlynn Henson, Mason Ousley and wife Morgan, Madison Ousley, Nolan Denny, and Jack Denny; sister, Carol Wallin and husband Wayne. The family would like to express a special thank you to Judy Long for her friendship and devotion.

Serving as pallbearers will be Danny Oldani, John Oldani, Nolan Denny, Mason Ousley, Matt Brill, and Jason Brancato. Honorary pallbearers will be the Knight of Columbus members, Council #13825.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 356, Orange, Texas 77631.