Robert B. “Bob” Oliver

Memorial service for Robert “Bob” B. Oliver, 70, Lawrence will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. He died September 29, 2013 at his home with family.

Bob was born on October 6, 1942 in Chanute, KS the son of Elmer J. and Ada Marie (Irwin) Oliver.

He was a retired Electrical Contractor. He owned and operated Oliver Electric Construction Inc. for 32 years. Bob was a gun enthusiast. He was a member of Evangelical United Brethren E.U.B. in Chanute.

He married Deidre “Dee Dee” K. Barker on May 29, 1970 in Chanute, KS. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include three sons, Jeffery R. Oliver, Michael W. Oliver and wife, Jill, all of Lawrence, Kevin Darity and family, Bonne Terre, MO; daughter, Karen (Darity) Parks and family, Newton, KS; two brothers, Richard E., Chanute, KS, Raymond J., Odessa, MO; sister, Judith M. Ulshafer, Harrisonville, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Mason Michael Oliver and Mallory Jane Oliver; and honorary granddaughter, Mackenzie D. Gardiner. He was preceded in death by his parents and step-mother, June Oliver.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Lawrence Memorial Hospital – Oncology Department and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.


12 Condolences

  1. Robin Breit on September 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Im so sorry to hear about Robert. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Robin and Chris Breit

  2. Terry & John on September 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    DeDe, Please know that you, Jeff and Mike are in our thoughts and prayers. Robert was a wonderful man and he will be missed. Love, John and Terry

  3. Tom and Dee Jerome on September 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Dee Dee & Family, We are keeping you close in prayer and in our thoughts. Please know if we can do anything to help during this difficult
    time, please call. He was a beautiful part of our family and we will all miss him very much. May Robert rest in peace now that he is free from all the pain and suffering. He fought one long battle and so many times we thought he was victorious. We will remember him forever, Uncle Tom and Dee Jerome

  4. Teresa Endecott on September 30, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Dee Dee, Mike and Jeff:

    Keeping you all in my thoughts. Was sad to hear of your loss. He will be missed by many. What a wonderful man he was! Sending you all ((Hugs))

    Much Love,


  5. Tony Jones on September 30, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Dee dee, Jeff and Michael.
    My hearty felt sympathy for you all. Bob, was a wonderful man. I always admired him and his ability to handle any situation he found himself. Lawrence lost a very good man, in your Husband and Father. I find happiness in having the pleasure to have known him.

  6. Eric on September 30, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Sorry to hear about your dad. He sure hung in there and was a fighter. My prayers and thought go out to you and your family.

  7. Ray & Lynn on September 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    DeDe, You are in our thoughts & prayers. There are no words to express to you & the boys our sorrow about Robert’s passing. We know this is an unspeakably sad, sad time for you. May God wrap his arms around you & give you his grace, comfort & peace. We love you. Ray & Lynn

  8. Galen Morrison on October 1, 2013 at 10:16 am

    DeDe and family…
    I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was a good man and always had a grin and an encouraging word for those he loved. And likewise He was loved by many family and friend and will be missed by all.

  9. PAUL aNDERSON on October 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    My sympathy and prayers to the family of Robert Oliver. Bob was a class mate of mine in Chanute. He was always a friend and we were together most of the way through school. He will be missed and remembered by all of us as we gather for our Reunions. Rest in Peace Bob.

  10. David Longhurst on October 3, 2013 at 6:43 am

    I am so sorry to see you leave. You will never be gone, however, as I will forever be inspired by your hard work, your honesty, integrity, work ethic, dedication, loyalty… you are truly unique, extraordinary and an inspiration to all.
    –David Longhurst

  11. Caitlin McDiarmid on October 3, 2013 at 6:54 am

    DeedDee, Jeff and family, I didn’t know Bob that well, but he’s left an indelible impression. I know he loved his family fiercely and his company and work passionately; I know that he had learned a lot while on this earth, some lessons learned the hard way; I know that he found bits of joy in the toughest of circumstances; and I know that somehow he was able to connect with all peoples, even those very different than him. I will forever be grateful that I did meet Bob, shared a few laughs, and a few troubles – knew his love for life. Rest in peace RBO.

  12. Scott Campbell on July 1, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Bob is a strong man. He always had positive suggestions and tried very hard to get good results. He is a good influence.

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