James C. Oliver

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December 27, 1928 - September 12, 2008

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Dr. James C. Oliver, 79, born in Montgomery City, MO, to the late Clay J. and Myrtle Marie Hart Oliver on December 27, 1928, and passed away September 12, 2008. Survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Oliver, son, Philip Oliver, daughter-in-law, Sharon, and granddaughters, Emma and Katie Oliver of Nashville, TN; daughters Kimberlee Kay Oliver of Columbia, Dana Spurr of Fenton, Donna Metts of O'Fallon and Tracy Kuhlmann and son-in-law, Barry, of O'Fallon. Dr. Oliver was also foster father of Lori Kuykendall of Holliday, TX, and Lisa Mercey of Eldon, MO. Dr. Oliver served in the U.S. Army, January 1952 through December 1953. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from University of Missouri, Columbia in 1960. "Doc" began Veterinary practice and established the Animal Clinic and Hospital of O'Fallon in June 1960. Dr. Oliver was a member of Cornerstone United Methodist Church in O'Fallon, the O'Fallon Kiwanis Club, the Masonic Lodge – Montgomery #246, and was active in civic and community affairs by serving on the Ft. Zumwalt School Board from 1968-1980. He was St. Charles County Western District Judge from 1972-1974, served on the St. Charles County Ambulance District Board from 1974-1977, and recently served on the St. Charles County Board of Equalization. Dr. Oliver will be remembered by his family and many friends for his kindness and generosity. Memorials may be made to Cornerstone United Methodist Church, O'Fallon, MO, or the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Dr. Daryl L. Hale April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dear Phil & Sharon, Dorothy, Kim, Dana, Donna and Tracy: I’m so sorry to hear about Doc Oliver’s passing. He was a wonderful man to get to know. In my book, (to quote W.C. Fields), ‘any man that loves dogs and kids can’t be all bad!’ I enjoyed trips with Phil to visit his wonderful family. I’m confident y’all have great memories of times with Doc that will last for a lifetime. It was a genuine privilege to get to know him and all the ones he deeply cared for. Love, daryl

  2. Sue Hecker April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My condolences on your loss. I had the privilege of knowing Dr. Oliver for over 25 years. He shared many stories of his family while taking care of my various pets. I valued his friendship as much as his medical knowledge. He not only took care of my pets, but also my emotional health in times of loss. He truly understood the fact that pets are a family member. He will be greatly missed.

  3. Phil Oliver April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Thank you all for your kind and consoling words, for sharing both our grief and our celebration of Dad’s exceptionally good life. He was strong, curious, cheerful, intelligent, humble, courageous, principled, and wise in precisely the way of Socrates: a seeker of truth who did not claim to know more than any of us can. He lived and died with faith and hope, but without any pretense of unearned certainty. We will miss him. We will not forget him.

  4. Lacey Moore April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Lori, I know that this man was your HERO as well as your family’s HERO. You always had amazing stories of your father. He will be greatly missed, but he will be with you all. God Bless. Your Buddy Lacey

  5. Michele Aurich April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My thoughts & prayers are with Doc’s family in this sad time. Doc was so kind to me & my animals, always giving them the very best care.He sure will be missed!

  6. Clarence Penny April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dear Dorothy and the Oliver Family. Our deepest sympathy go to you doing this time of great loss. Doc was one of our favorite and he will be greatly missed. He has been through a lot and we know the Good Lord is watching over him now. I always enjoyed having lunch with him at the Kiwanis meetings as he was so outgoing and you always learned something new when you were with him. Sorry we missed the service as we were in Salt Lake City on vacation. Clarence and Carol Penny.

  7. Charlene (Dana's long time friend) & Kobe April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dana, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you & your family. I know that I cannot feel the pain that you feel or be in your shoes. If there is anything, anything at all I can do, please please let me know. Even if it’s going & checking on the boys. I love you. You & your family are in my prayers. Love always! Charlene ps…I’m so sorry that I missed the visitation. I would have been there for you if I would have checked earlier. I’m so sorry!

  8. Stan C Taylor April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My thought and prayers are with the Oliver Family. Phil & KIm the good memories of years ago are still with me in the times we shared together.You had a great Dad and sure he will be missed by you and all that knew him.

  9. Becky Jones April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Donna and Family, I just read about Doc Oliver’s passing and am just so sad. I hope that he was able to enjoy his short stint in retirement, though it didn’t sound like he was really planning to retire much! Since you helped us move here eleven years ago, we have enjoyed being patients of his with our various dogs. Doc was always patient with the fact that I usually would show up with my six kids (!) and two German Shepherds. We filled his waiting room! I always laugh about how he said “we do things different out here in the country”. Best Wishes. My thoughts are with you and your family. Becky Jones

  10. Pam White April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Doc was so much fun to talk to. When I cleaned his office on Sundays, we sometimes would talk about crazy Donna. He really loved you, Donna. He will be missed by everyone that knew him. My thoughts are with the entire family as you deal with your loss in your own ways.

  11. Michael Westmann April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My condolences to the Oliver Family for their loss. I had the privilege of working with this gentle man on the Board of Equalization and his memory will always be in my prayers.

  12. Kathy Fackler April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We remember his kindness and genuineness when we came to visit. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Kathy Fackler and Family

  13. Diana Wahl April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dana, My thoughts are with you… DI

  14. Gale & Debbie Kahler April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dot, Doc was a fine man. He was honest and a great Christian. Thinking about Doc brings to mind, how many animals that will be around him in heaven. He always had a smile on his face. I know we will miss him. Deb and I are here for you and stand ready to do whatever you need for us to do. I can’t replace Doc but I can take up some of his chores when you need something done. Love you! Please know Jesus knows your pain but please understand his joy & grace! Gale & Deb Kahler, Cornerstone United Methodist Church Family

  15. JAMES M. JACOBS April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dana I am very sad to see this, I know what your dad meant to you. You always talked highly of him…I GUESS GOD NEEDED ANOTHER ANGEL. With Love Your Friend Jimmy J

  16. B.A. Mueller-Hyser April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dana, I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn’s rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft starshine at night. Peace & Love

  17. Marvalee Ewing April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My sincere condolences to all of Dr. Oliver’s family and friends. I did not know him well, but took care of him over the past several months and knew he was a very special man. Always positive and so pleasant. He was so thankful for his many blessings and so proud of his wonderful family. I feel very blessed to have met him! The Lord will see you through this time with His covering of strength and love, and He will help you realize that your memories are a precious source of healing and comfort. God Bless.

  18. Kelly Brazil April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dear Donna and Family, I’m so sorry for the loss you have all suffered. Having so recently lost someone so close to my heart, I completely feel your pain. I’m here for you should you need me. God bless you all. Much love and sympathy, Kelly Brazil

  19. Carrie Brown April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Kim, Please know that I am here for you and I send my deepest sympathy.

  20. Margarita Brown-Springer April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    I am so going to miss Dr. Oliver. I always enjoyed visiting him with our pets. I always had to make sure I blocked out a couple of hours in my day because we would start talking about old time O’Fallon and old friends that we miss and the time would just go by so fast. He was one of the nicest people you could ever have known…next to my dad I don’t think there is anyone who could touch me with his stories…I will never forget him and as I pass by his old office I will say a silent little prayer to thank him for all he has done to make this world a better place because of the acts of kindness he showed during his life. Gone but never forgotten…a true good human being…Doc Oliver. God Bless you…I will surely miss you.

  21. Joan Fruend April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dear Dot and family, We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a very kind and special man and I know you will miss him terribly. As always, you continue to be in our hearts and prayers. With much love, Gale and Joan

  22. theresa miller April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dr.Oliver was our vet,what a kind and caring man,deepest sympathy to the family!may he rest in peace

  23. Ruth E. Battle April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dana and family, I wanted to express my deepest sympathy to you and your entire family. May God bless you all at this time. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers, Ruth Battle and family

  24. Old Client April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    You just couldn’t get better than Dr. Oliver. My Family and I have been bringing our animals to him for over 25 years and he always took the best care of them and us . We are sorry to hear of his passing , Doc will be missed by all who knew him .

  25. Laura Kadlec April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dana, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Laura

  26. Vince Via April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Donna, I’ll never forget the day you introduced me to your Dad. The look on your his face (your mom’s too) when we told them your new boyfriend was a very Liberal Democrat, hated Rush Limbaugh and thought Al Gore would save the world!!! Priceless…. I’m just glad they gave us a chance to say we were just kidding! Your love for him, your mom and the rest of your family has always been something that I’ve admired. Cassie and I feel your broken heart. Please accept our condolences for your’s and your wonderful family’s loss. Best, Vince Via

  27. Midge Kroening April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dana – want you to know how sorry we are about your Dad.So hard to find the right words – giving you a big hug right now. Love, Midge and Herb

  28. Kelly Fortnum and Family April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    I am so sorry to hear of the recent passing of Dr. Oliver. It is obvious, even to me so many miles away, the love you all shared with him. It’s a beautiful example of Christ’s love. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you honor this special man and then face tomorrow without him.

  29. Kim Brown-Bextermueller April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My deepest sympathy to all of Dr. Oliver’s family. I would love to take my dog into his office just to talk with him – he was a wonderful man. He really loved his family and was so proud of all of them. This time will be difficult but, all of your special memories will get you through the days ahead. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  30. Rev. & Mrs David Ring April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dr. Oliver was indeed a family man to be missed by many. The days ahead will be difficult. But over it all -over life, death and eternity – His wings overshadow and protect us. Place your chair under His wings for His Grace is Sufficient. Rev. & Mrs. David Ring Rev. and Mrs. David Ring

  31. Kim Waltrip (Dana's friend) April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    To the Oliver family, Dana has told us what a wonderful man and father Dr. Oliver was. I am sorry to hear about his passing. Sending love and prayers your way, Kim (Trip)

  32. Dan Scheffing April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dear Family, Jim lived life well, sharing the joys and concerns of others as if they were his own. The world is certainly a better place for his having been here and he will be missed. You are all in our prayers. Dan, Kathie, Kait and Eric.

  33. Charlene Story Nelson April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. He was a wonderful man.

  34. Melody Black April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    We are so sorry to hear the news. Your family is in our prayers.

  35. Darrell & Georgia Emge April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dear Dorothy, Donna and family: This morning saw on the computer about the passing of Doc. We send our deepest sympathy to you all. Doc will be missed by so many. You will be in our prayers. Darrell and Georgia Emge

  36. Susan Story Mabrey April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Jim was one of the kindest men I have ever known. I will be forever grateful to him for the grace and love he showed to my father, Charles Story, who was his foster brother. When Jim spoke, you could see through his eyes into his soul, as he loved people as much as he loved life. What an incredible, positive man, who truley made this world a better place by being in it. May mercy and grace and wonderful memories surround you as you walk through this difficult time.

  37. Mindy Atkins April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    All my love to all of you. Doc was simply one of the brightest people I ever met. I always liked his curious and accepting nature of others that he balanced so well with being clear about his own standards for himself. Not an easy balance, but one he managed to achieve with such grace. I will miss being able to tease Doc about being My Favorite Republican because it always gave us such both a good laugh and because he really was so brilliant about considering the bigger picture we all have to live in. Here’s to good memories of a very good man.

  38. Richard & Virginia Faux April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Donna and Dot & family, So sorry to hear the news of Dr. Oliver’s death. I know he was a very special man and you will miss him so much, but your memories will always remind you of how blessed you were to be a part of his life. My sincere prayers are with you and God will provide peace for you. Virginia and Richard Faux and family.

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