James Harold Oldroyd, age 65, longtime Idaho Falls resident and prominent businessman, died January 17, 1991, at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City of cancer.

He was born July 27, 1925, in Provo, Utah, the son of Terry J. Oldroyd and Josephine Herman Oldroyd. He grew up in Provo, where he attended BYU Elementary and High School and graduated from Brigham Young University. While he was in high school he was an all-state basketball player for two years. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II.He married Sammie Speakman September 12, 1944, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They lived in Salt Lake City for several years and moved to Idaho Falls 27 years ago, where he founded Meikle-Oldroyd Insurance Agency, which later merged to become United Agencies. He served as president of the corporation until he retired in 1989.

He was a past president of the Idaho Falls Kiwanis Club, was a member of the Elks Club and the Idaho Falls Country Club. He was an active sportsman and especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing, and boating.

Surviving are: Wife, Sammie Oldroyd, Idaho Falls; sons, Dr. J. Michael Oldroyd, Idaho Falls; Jerold G. Oldroyd and Todd S. Oldroyd, both Salt Lake City; brothers, Bud Oldroyd, Provo; David Oldroyd, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Paul Oldroyd, Orem; Tom Oldroyd, Houston, Texas; six grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Hematology-Oncology Department of the University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 22, 1991, at 1:30 p.m., at the Idaho Falls LDS 28th Ward Chapel (1165 Azalea), with President Willis S. Yost officiating. Visitation will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, at the Wood Funeral Home, and for one hour prior to the services Tuesday, at the church.

Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah. Family and friends will meet there at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday for graveside services. Arrangements by Wood Funeral Home, 273 North Ridge, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 83402 (phone 208-522-2751).

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