Oliver Briney

MORTON - Oliver Edward Briney, 93, of Morton died at 7:30 a.m. Monday, June 17, 2013, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.

He was born March 2, 1920, in Crook, Colo., to Edward John and Mary (Louderback) Briney. He married Garnet Nadine Bates on Aug. 21, 1937, in Burlington, Iowa. She preceded him in death on Aug. 12, 2008.

He also was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

Surviving are two daughters, Carol (Don) Wickman of Eustis, Fla., and Judith Briney of Madisonville, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Kathy Welsh of Peoria, Michael Roach of Boston, Mass., Edward (Kathy) Roecker of Morton, David (Sherrie) Roecker of Marquette Heights and Brian (Dana) Wickman of Longwood, Fla.; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was a World War II Army veteran, serving with the 104th Infantry Division in the European Theater. He held the rank of T5 and was a member of a team who laid and maintained communication systems.

Briney worked most of his life in construction around Peoria. For several years he owned and operated Oliver Briney Construction Co. in Peoria. He later worked for Becker Bros. Construction in Peoria as a construction superintendent, retiring in 1985.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5921 in Morton and Carpenters Local Union 183 in East Peoria.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who provided for his family. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing on Lake Okeechobee in Florida, watching Westerns and meeting his friends for breakfast.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2013, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, with Pastor Brett Bedwell officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Roberts Cemetery in Morton, where full military rites will be conducted by Military Funeral Honors and the Tazewell Military Rites Team.

Memorials may be made to VFW Post 5921 in Morton; or South Side Mission in Peoria.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.knappjohnson.com.

Funeral Home

Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center
140 S. Detroit Avenue Morton, IL 61550
(309) 263-7426

Published in Peoria Journal Star on June 19, 2013