LAWRENCE - John Lillard Oliver, age 81, passed away peacefully at his home Dec. 26, 2008.
John was born Oct. 13, 1927 in Elmo to Grant and Cora Oliver. He married the love of his life, Carol McArthur, on Aug. 14, 1954 in Lawrence, where they made their home. Their marriage was solemnized on Aug. 14, 2008 in the Manti LDS Temple.
John was an oldtime cowboy grasping strong to old traditions. He worked hard on the farm punching cows and breaking horses.
He worked for the county road department and later retired from UMWA Deer Creek coal mine.
His spirits radiated like a wild horse that could never be corralled. Carol tamed him and now they are together again.
John is survived by his daughter, Tracy Kae and husband Wayde S. Nielsen of Lawrence; grandchildren, Jeremy, Joshua (Dorinda), Jennifer (Jeremy Averett) and Jake; great-grandchildren, Natasha, Jaylyn, Austin, Ainsley, Addison, J.W. and Gavin; brothers, Alfred Oliver, Ted Oliver and Kenneth Oliver; and daughter-in-law, Dixie. Preceded in death by his loving wife, Carol; parents, Grant and Cora Oliver; son, Jed; grandson, Dave J.; granddaughter, Jonnita Kae; brothers: Fredrick Kay and Vernell Charles; and sister, Cora LaRie.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Dec. 30, at noon at the Huntington 5th LDS Ward Chapel, 115 South 400 East. Viewing Monday, Dec. 29, at Fausett Mortuary and Tuesday from 10 to 11:40 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Lawrence Cemetery.