Raymond J. Oliver, age 77 of Oroville, went home to be with the Lord on April 30, 2013 at the North Valley Extended Care in Tonasket.
Ray was born on October 31, 1935 in Paris, Arkansas where he graduated from High School. After graduation he moved to Oroville with his parents Raymond and Rose Oliver and one brother Charles “Bud.” He then met the love of his life, Marilyn, and on March 3, 1956 they were married. Ray worked as an orchard foreman for Blackler & Evans for 36 years. Ray loved the outdoors where he would hunt, fish, camp, garden and do carpentry. Together with Marilyn, they built their own house where Marilyn still lives. Ray and Marilyn loved snowmobiling with friends, Reno trips, playing cards, horseshoes and always having a good time. He loved playing with his great grandkids, coloring or just horsing around; they were his pride and joy, always putting a smile on his face. He was a member of the North Valley Archery Club, receiving many trophies and was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Ray is survived by his wife, Marilyn at home in Oroville; son Dan and Janie Oliver of Oroville; daughter Diane Willis of Oroville; brother Charles “Bud” Oliver of Louisiana, eight grandchildren: Kristie Freese, Chris Oliver, Matthew Shaw, Marcy and Sara Keller, Aaron, Caleb and Elisha Willis and six great grandchildren: Paige Wirth, Kya Freese, Christopher Oliver, Shiloh and Isaiah Willis and Clifford Dean Willis
Ray was preceded in death by his father Raymond, mother Rose, son-in-law Clifford Willis and one grandchild.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11a.m. at the Oroville American Legion with a potluck to follow, come and join us in celebrating Ray’s life. Please share your thoughts and memories by signing Ray’s online guestbook at www.berghfuneralservice.com.
Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.