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.
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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.