Walter Franklin “Junior” Oxford was born at Baker MT on March 27, 1947. Junior passed away after a short hospitalization at St. Vincent Healthcare on April 20, 2021.
Junior’s early years were spent at the family ranch near Ekalaka where the family lived in the rock house that was built by his grandfather and great-uncles from rocks quarried in that area. He always had a fondness for Ekalaka and loved visiting relatives there. He was always delighted when he could talk to someone that knew about Ekalaka and asked almost everyone if they had ever been there!
When Junior was still quite small, the family moved to Miles City for a few years. They then spent 25 years living at the state highway section house near Ismay where his dad, George Oxford, was the section man. He also lived in Plevna for a few years where he made many friends. He was especially fond of the Vennes family and considered them family.
Junior moved with his parents to Miles City in 1982 and again he made many new friends and enjoyed the “big city” life. He spent many hours sitting in the backyard and watching to see what was going on in the neighborhood. He loved when friends and relatives came to visit and always looked forward to holidays, especially Christmas and his birthday!!
When both of his parents were gone, Junior moved to Highgate Assisted Living in Billings and then to BellaTerra Healthcare. He soon became a favorite of all the caretakers! He enjoyed visiting with other residents and knew each of his caregivers by name, how many pets they owned and what the pets were named.
Junior is survived by his brother, Doug Oxford (Bonnie) of Billings, his sister, Kay Wells (Dick) of Rosebud Creek and the following nieces and nephews: Denny Wells, Dean Wells (Amy), Kristy Wells Flesch (Bob), Eijai Oxford, Kassia Oxford Lyman (Donnie) and Madison Oxford. Great nieces are: Kylee Wells, Sarah Flesch, Adie Flesch, Addaleigh Lyman and Avanna Lyman.
Junior was preceded in death by his father, George Oxford, his mother, Wilma Oxford, and his sister, Penny Leigh Oxford and numerous aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 24th at 2:00 at the Stevenson’s and Sons funeral home in Miles City. Internment will take place at the Custer County Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the caregivers at BellaTerra for their wonderful care. We are thankful for their love of Junior, especially this past year while the family was unable to visit because of Covid restrictions. You will always have our deepest gratitude!
We also would like to thank Stevenson’s for their compassionate and caring help at this difficult time.
Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House in Billings or the Range Riders Museum in Miles City.