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James W. Jim Oliver 1924 - 2015
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James W. Jim Oliver 1924 - 2015

James W. “Jim” Oliver, 90, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away July 17, 2015, at Brookdale Senior Living in Great Bend. He was born July 29, 1924, at Madison, the youngest of three children to Willis and Amy (Holland) Oliver. He married Madalene Delma Mosier Jan. 14, 1951, at Great Bend. She passed away July 20, 2007. A Great Bend resident since 1949, coming from Madison, he was an electrical engineer for Western Power and Electric and Sunflower Electric. He was a United States Navy veteran.  
Mr. Oliver was a member of First Christian Church, B.P.O. Elks Lodge #1127, a former board member of the Great Bend Public Library, and was instrumental in starting Barton Community College. He was devoted to his church until illness prevented his attendance. He was proud of his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments. Mr. Oliver was a quiet gentleman who loved to read. He was lovingly cared for by the nurses and staff at Brookdale Senior Living for the past five years.
Survivors include three daughters, Jan Stegelman and her husband Stan of Topeka, Nancy Crane and her husband Mark of Wichita, and Linda Chisholm and her husband Scott of Great Bend; eight grandchildren, Jeff, Heather, Derek, Brad, Angela, Austin, Ashley, and Brent; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A private family graveside service will be held in Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may sign the register from  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, at Bryant Funeral Home. The casket will remain closed. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to First Christian Church or Central Kansas CASA, in care of Bryant Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home**
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS.  67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, July 21, 2015