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Donald Joseph Oliver

Donald Joseph Oliver
Donald Joseph Oliver
- July 6, 2017

Donald Joseph Oliver was born to Earl W. Oliver and Goldie (Liston) Oliver on August 20, 1931, in rural Meade County, SD.  Donald had 4 siblings; sister, Deloris Smith; brothers, Dale (Lolita) Oliver; John Oliver; Bert (Barb) Oliver.

Donald married his loving and supportive wife, Dottie, on February 21, 1954, in Sturgis.  They welcomed 5 children into their lives:  Edwin Earl (wid:Candy Meyers) Oliver; Leeann McLaughlin; Peggy Sue (Tom) Rounds; Merri Jo (Arlon) Leetch.  They fostered Gary Patrick (wid:Rhonda) McKee into their home as a child.  They loved him and called him son.

Donald worked as a janitor at the Meade County Courthouse from 1956 to 1959.  Wanting to be his own boss, Donald started Oliver Ditching in 1959 and began building the business and the family home in Boulder Canyon.  Donald retired in 2004 and he and Dottie moved to town soon after.  Donald kept busy though.  He became a handyman for his friend Dr. George Jenter doing tasks that he enjoyed.  Donald was a helper.  He would help, if he was able, anyone who was in need.  Even though Donald was strong and hardworking, he had a kind and gentle soul.  Donald always had a smile on his face and loved to laugh.  He had a wonderful sense of humor.  Donald enjoyed farming, gardening, fishing, and spending time with family.  Donald liked all animals but he loved his fat little dog, Baby.

Donald Joseph Oliver went peacefully to gather his rewards in heaven on July 2, 2017, at home surrounded by his loved ones.

Donald is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dottie; daughters, Lee, Peggy, & Merri; sister, Deloris; brothers: Dale, John, and Bert; grandchildren, Travis, Adam, Julie, Joshua, and Ryan Oliver, Autumn Meyers, Collin McLaughlin, Jesse Rounds, Jordan Etherton, Kyle, Skyler, and Dusty Leetch, and Heather McKee; also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and great and great-great-grandchildren.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Ed & Gary; and beloved granddaughter, Tiffany Winter Oliver.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the services.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Michael Smith officiating.  Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.+

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.



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