Roger Paul Oxenford, a Navy veteran of World War II who spent his final years in Mission Commons in Redlands, died on May 21, 2020, in Redlands. He was 93.
Born on Dec. 1, 1926, in Rockford, Illinois, to Wayde and Arminta Oxenford, his family later moved to Iowa where he was raised. He graduated from Boone High School in 1945 in Boone, Iowa.
On Oct. 1, 1946, he married his high school sweetheart, Louise McVicker. They moved to California and raised five daughters. He was a sign painter for Lucky Stores, and worked at Knott’s Berry Farm.
After retiring in the late 1980s, he and Louise moved back to Iowa where he worked part-time for Moffitt’s Ford. After 30 years in Iowa, they moved back to California to be closer to family and spent their final years at Mission Commons.
Oxenford was athletic and artistic. He was a low-handicap golfer and played softball into his 60s. He sang baritone semi-professionally and made many new friends by writing their names in Old English calligraphy.
Numerous businesses and civic groups used his skills to create beautiful signs, banners and window paintings.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, five siblings and grandson Roger Hibshman.
He is survived by his five daughters, Vicki Hibshman and husband Joell of Virginia, Cindy Mellis and husband Gordon of California, Paula Oxenford of California, Laura Eichar and husband David of California, and Patty Oare and husband Chris of Utah; and one remaining sister, Margaret Kooser of Louisiana; nine grandsons, Randy Hibshman, Nathan Mellis, Stephen Mellis and wife Clara, Cameron Eichar, Will Eichar, Brad Eichar, Matt Oare and wife Annie, and Ted Oare; six great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
A memorial service in Boone, Iowa, is being planned for the fall.