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520 S. Main St., PO Box 363
Platte, SD 57369
Phone: 605-337-3857
Fax: 605-337-2374
John Olivier

John "Junior" Olivier Jr.

Friday, October 24th, 1930 - Tuesday, September 17th, 2019
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John “Junior” Olivier, 88, of Corsica, SD passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at Leisure Living in Corsica. Funeral Services are 10:30 A.M. Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Aurora Reformed Church in Aurora Center, SD. A Committal Service with Military Honors will follow at Aurora Reformed Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Friday, September 20, 2019 with a 7:00 P.M. Prayer Service.

John Olivier, Jr. was born on October 24, 1930 to John and Dora (VanGenderen) Olivier in Truro Township, Aurora County, SD. He attended Gardner Country School and went on to a lifelong career of farming in the Aurora County area. On March 12, 1952 Junior was united in marriage to Eleanor H. Nydam at the Aurora Reformed Church in Aurora Center, SD. He then served his country in the US Army from October 1953 – September 1955. John was employed with the Farm Service Agency in Aurora County for 50 years as well.

Junior was a member of the Aurora Reformed Church, serving as an Elder, Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent. He was a member of Dittrick-Barrows-Noldner American Legion Post #26 of Stickney, SD, and the Stickney and Aurora Center School Boards. Junior enjoyed being outdoors and fishing; he also loved music and singing, especially gospel and Quartet. He was very social and never missed gathering for coffee at the garage in Aurora Center.

Grateful for having shared in John’s life: three children: Arla (Leslie) Crago, Joann (Dan) Moller and Dan Olivier all of Stickney, SD; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren: Chad (April) Crago – Ty and Sam, Nathan (Lori) Crago – Adley and Harper, Amber (Luke) Muller – Gavin and Arya, Megan (Justin) Persson – Jakob, and Aaron Moller; three sisters: Virginia Nydam of Corsica, SD, Dorothy (Virgil) Vreugdenhil of Stickney, SD and Viola Breukelman of California; two sisters-in-law: Irene Nydam of Corsica, SD and Martha Nydam of Hudsonville, MI; along with many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Olivier (Nov. 10, 2018); his parents, John, Sr. and Dora Olivier; six siblings: Susan (Garfield) Bruinsma, Clarence (Jessie) Olivier, Raymond (Johanna) Olivier, Geneva (Henry) Breukelman, Ernest (Esther) Olivier, and Willis Olivier; parents-in-law, Arie and Minnie Nydam; in-laws: John Nydam, Roy Saldin, John Breukelman, Nellie (Adrian) Van Drongelen, Agnes (Gerrit) Wolbrink, Bertha (Nick) Zwaan, Ben (Ruth) Nydam, Herman Nydam and Winfred Nydam and first wife, Sylvia.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 20th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, September 20th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Aurora Reformed Church
    38037 266th St.
    STICKNEY, SD 57375
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    7:00pm Prayer Service
  • Service

    Saturday, September 21st, 2019 | 10:30am
    Saturday, September 21st, 2019 10:30am
    Aurora Reformed Church
    38037 266th St.
    STICKNEY, SD 57375
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    Rev. Daniel Ebbens
  • Interment

    Aurora Reformed Cemetery
    38037 266th St.
    STICKNEY, SD 57375
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    Military Honors by Dittrick-Barrows-Noldner American Legion Post #26 of Stickney, SD
  • Reception

    Aurora Reformed Church
    38037 266th St.
    STICKNEY, SD 57375
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  • Reformed Church in America
  • US Army


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It has been many, many years since I last saw Uncle Junior. With his home-going, all of Grandpa John and Grandma Dora's boys have moved on to heaven. What I remember best about Junior is his sense of humor. He always could get a laugh with his teasing and his ready smile. My sympathy to all of you who loved him dearly and will miss him terribly. May God give you strength in abundance at this time.
Marsha Hoffman
(daughter of Ernie & Esther Olivier)

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