STANFORD John Moore "Jack" Oliver, 83, of Stanford, died of natural causes Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Central Montana Skilled Nursing Center in Lewistown.
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Memorial service is 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Stanford First Presbyterian church. Cremation has taken place. Cloyd Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Lewistown is handling arrangements.
John was born Nov. 4, 1929 in Wheaton Ill. the son of Claire M. and Alma P. (Lorentz) Oliver. John was raised in Chicago, Ill. along with his three siblings: Virginia, James and Paul. After graduating high school in Ill., Jack worked as a merchant mariner on the Great Lakes for a short time before attending college at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, where he played football for two years. In Jan. 1951 Jack joined the United States Navy and served in the Korean War following which he attended MSU Bozeman as a scholar and athlete. On Oct. 5, 1978, Jack married his loving wife of 34 years, Lynn Davison and settled in Stanford, where they raised their two children Jacklynn and Shannel.
Jack was truly a "Jack of all trades", over his many years in Stanford. He and his wife Lynn have owned and operated the Runway Motel for nearly 30 years. He also served as sheriff of Judith Basin County, but his true passion was as a skilled carpenter and craftsman.
Although Jack has passed, he will not be forgotten by those who loved him.
Jack is survived by his wife Lynn L. of Stanford; daughters Jacklynn Grace Oliver of Minneapolis Minn. and Shannel Alma Oliver of Phoenix Ariz.; brothers James Oliver and Paul Oliver of West Bend Wis.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents and sister Virginia Luchsinger.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack's name to the Stanford Community Pool Fund P.O. Box 123 Stanford MT 59479 or they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 2, 2012