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Official Obituary of

Junior R. Oliver

February 16, 1945 ~ March 20, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Junior Oliver Obituary


Junior R. Oliver, 78, of Rochester, Indiana, passed into the arms of our Lord and Savior at 10:28 A.M. Monday, March 20, 2023, at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester surrounded by his family.

Junior was born on February 16, 1945 in Rochester, Indiana, the son of Rue Oliver and Melva Lowe (Sanders). On July 12, 2000 in Sevierville, Tennessee, he married Verna Holloway Spencer and she survives.

He was retired after working many years for Reith-Riley Construction in South Bend, Indiana and owned and operated his own mini-farm raising cattle and goats. He was a member of the American Legion and Eagles Lodge. In his spare-time, he enjoyed working on his farm, fishing, camping, and cooking, and was known for making his famous potato soup every week for the Kewanna Methodist Church supper, and loved to donate food he grew on his farm to friends and neighbors.

Survivors include his wife, Verna Oliver, Rochester, Indiana; children, Stephanie J. Oliver (Connie), Lafayette, Indiana, Douglas R. Oliver, Fulton, Indiana, Angel (Sean) Insko, Noblesville, Indiana, Christal Jewell-Garrison (Rich), Rochester, Indiana; siblings, Harry J. “Jimmy” (Sandy) Oliver, Angola, Indiana, Ruth Ellen (Dave) Ballinger, Florida, Patricia (Greg) Mellinger, Rochester, Indiana, Maxine (Don) Cowles, Rochester, Indiana, Debra (Dennis) Dell, Rochester, Indiana; Eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert J. Oliver and Walter “Eddie” Oliver; and great-great grandson, Oliver Jackson, who was born and entered his Heavenly home on June 6, 2019.

Funeral services will be conducted at 6:00 P.M. Friday, March 24, 2023 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana with Rev. Todd Wilson officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be expressed at

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March 24, 2023

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home
1101 Jefferson Street
Rochester, IN 46975

Funeral Service
March 24, 2023

6:00 PM
Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home
1101 Jefferson Street
Rochester, IN 46975


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