John E. Oliver Jr.
age 74 of North Canton, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many, passed away Saturday evening after a brief illness. A life resident of Canton, he was preceded in death by his mother, Janett F. (Sinclair) Bowenp; sister, Betty Jane Oliver; and brother, Lawrence Robert Cunningham. John was a Marine Corps veteran. He retired from the Canton City Police Department as a Lieutenant after 30 years of service, followed by 17 years at Stark State College providing security. He was a member of the F.O.P. McKinley Lodge #2.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Joyce (Demchak) Oliver; son and daughter-in-law, John E. III and Jennifer Oliver of Canton; grandchildren, Brianna Oliver and John E Oliver IV; brother and sister-in-law, Warren and Vi Cunningham of Minerva; niece, Karen Pinion of Canton; and many other special family and friends.
Family and friends will be received on Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Rossi Funeral Home. F.O.P. Services will be held at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. Memorial services will follow at 6:30 p.m., Denny and Marge Hazen officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in John's name may be made to the Widow's and Orphan's Fund for the F.O.P. McKinley Lodge #2, 1411 Cherry Ave. NE, Canton, OH 44714 or the Hazen Ministries, 5716 Louisville St. NE, Louisville, OH 44641.
Published in The Repository from Mar. 18 to Mar. 20, 2013