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“Dan was classmate at Wilson - Jefferson .Always enjoyed his smile and his kind heart .Rest in peace my friend.Sending prayers to your love ones will...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Jaynellyn Kilgallon - IA

“The Lord comfort you & your family during this difficult time! Thought and prayers!LaVonne ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: LaVonne Houser - Cedar Rapids, IA

“We met at Wilson jr. High never will forget his great smile and kindnesd. RIP MY FRIEND. ELAINE Vrba Jackson ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Elaine Vrba Jackson - IA

“I will never forget Mr.Dan's smile!!! ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Nicholas Morella - Berwick, LA

“I am sorry for your loss. I only met him once but through Jaret's talk of his father I knew he was an amazing person. Please except my deepest...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Rhonda McGlothin - Youngsville, LA

“Fly high my friend May God be with your family ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Nat Dehart - Berwick, LA - Friend

“So sorry for ya'll loss. Always enjoyed being in Dan's company. May his soul rest In Peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Chip,...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Chip Morella - Berwick, LA

“Condolences to the family..went to school with Dan. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Bonnie Van Gampleare Christensen - IA

“Please accept our deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. May Daniel rest in God's eternal peace and may...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: the staff of Ibert's Mortuary - LA

Daniel Anthony Oldfather started life in Spokane, WA in, what he would always describe as a "good year," 1957. He was the second of four children. As a child, his family relocated to Cedar Rapids, IA. He often shared childhood memories of playing the Cello, his Mustang fastback, and family vacations. His great work ethic started young with a job as a paperboy and later through work at Hy-Vee. While at Jefferson High, he was introduced to scuba diving which sparked the pursuit of a career as a commercial diver. He trained at Ocean Corporation in Houston and upon graduation moved to Morgan City, LA to work for a dive company. Once in Louisiana his affinity for the water lead to a passion for water sports where he displayed his trick and slalom waterskiing abilities. Upon starting a family Daniel transitioned to work in Oil & Gas working on platforms in the Gulf of Mexico for the duration of his 34-year career. He always spoke highly of his co-workers and held many in high regard. When he wasn't offshore he worked on many household improvement projects and was a very creative craftsman. Daniel took pride in volunteering time to enrich his children, often traveling to dancing competitions, chaperoning Boy Scout trips, and pulling the camper to various National Parks, amusement destinations, and beaches. He was a motorcycle enthusiast and took many multi-week trips across the country and into Canada. On these trips, he began acquiring Harley Davidson shirts and unique soda and spirit bottles ultimately amassing a large collection which he proudly displayed. Daniel was known for his sense of humor and often joked around to diffuse stressful or mundane situations. It was impossible to go a restaurant without him attempting to order a "Dr. Budweiser" or "flied shrimp;" there was never an inappropriate time for a joke. He didn't let a cancer diagnosis change his outlook, dampen spirits, or get in the way of his goals. He hand-built his waterfront home, learned to wakeboard, and traveled the country and seas while undergoing treatments. His humor carried through all the way to his final days. Daniel always communicated candidly, took a path less traveled, and always accepted opportunities or invitations for fun while using ingenuity, humor, and shear willpower to enrich his and the lives of everyone he met. After a lengthy battle with cancer, he passed away at his home in Stephensville, LA at the age of 59 on Monday, August 21, 2017.

Daniel leaves behind to cherish his memory his sons, Jaret A. Oldfather and his wife Hannah and Cory A. Oldfather and his wife Megan; his daughter, Hanna A. Oldfather; his parents, Paul Oldfather and Jeanette Paggett Oldfather; his sister, Cynthia McCollough and her husband Kirk; his granddaughter, Jolie B. Oldfather; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his former wife and mother of his children, Marilyn Martin Oldfather.

In keeping with Daniel's wishes, he will be laid to rest with his precious baby girl, Brook Alane Oldfather during a private inurnment with family in Ibert's Memorial Park Cemetery. Others that have gone on before him include his sister, Lori Oldfather; and his brother and sister-in-law, David and Stephanie Oldfather.

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