CARTERVILLE, Ill. - Ozoral "Red" Oliver, 79, of Carterville died at 12:20 p.m. Feb. 12, 2005, at Herrin Hospital.
Born Oct. 27, 1925, in Princeton, Ky., to the late Cullen and Dora (Kappler) Oliver, he worked as a construction superintendent throughout Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois before settling down in Carterville and forming O.M. Oliver and Sons Construction Co., retiring in 1990. A veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from 1943 to 1945 on the USS California in the Pacific Theatre, he was of the Methodist belief.
On April 2, 1948, in Sikeston, Mo., he married Virginia Morehead Sims who survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, J. Q. "Jack" Sims and his wife, Janet, of Jamestown, N.C., and Rusty Oliver and fiancée, Susan Gazdik of northwest Indiana; one daughter and son-in-law, Dora Ann and Donald Paul Samuel of Carterville; two brothers, Eugene Oliver and Emory Oliver of Sikeston; one sister, Ida Wallace of Sikeston; and eight grandchildren and five great-
He was preceded in death by one son and daughter-in-law, Cullen Lee and Vicky Oliver, three brothers and three sisters.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Blue Funeral Home in Marion, where services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Earl Black will officiate.
Burial will be at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion.