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Bernard Henry Oliver, Jr.October 17, 1925 ~ July 12, 2017 (age 91)
Bernard Henry Oliver, Jr., 91 year old veteran of WWII, residence Plainfield, passed away July 12, 2017. Born October 17, 1925 in Greenville, Texas, he was the son of Bernard H. and Maleta Westerman Oliver. He married Bertha Polk in Guadalupe County, Texas on October 2, 1945. They had one daughter, Sheila Ann, before they divorced. He married Mary Harris Simpson in Washington on July 22, 1985 and she preceded him in death in 2014. Bernard was an avid race fan and in 1995 he worked Safety and Security for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, retiring in 2009. He previously was a supervisor with the Jantzen Corp, retiring in 1989. Mr. Oliver was an U S Navy veteran. During his tour of duty in the Navy, he was in the Aleutian Islands taking back the islands of Attu and Kiska, was involved in sea battle south of Japan and north of the Philippine Islands and returned to the territory of Hawaii where he was injured at Pearl Harbor. He received a Purple Heart, an American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and a Philippine Presidential Unit Citation. The one he was the most proud of was the ribbon he received for personal contact with the enemy. He had attended the University of Texas in San Antonio. Survivors include his daughter, Sheila Ann Kulhanek of York, Nebraska; grandsons, Alan (Shelly) Kulhanek of Lincoln, NE., Robert (Robin) Kulhanek of Mobil, AL.; great grandchildren, Cassidy Kulhanek of Mobile, AL., Sadie Kulhanek, Noah Kulhanek, both of Lincoln, NE.; stepchildren, Carol Waters, Patricia Mason, Joyce (Greg) Moorman, Barbara (Robert) Eastes, Penny Sue Senour, William Simpson, Jr.; 27 step grandchildren, 58 step great grandchildren, 28 step great-great grandchildren and 4 step great-great-great grandchild. His parents, his wife Mary, brother Edmond Lee Oliver, sisters Annie Topper and Betty Phillip, son-in-law Adolf “Junior” Kulhanek, stepdaughter Lois Williams, step granddaughter, Mary Tucker and a step great-great granddaughter, Meredith, preceded him in death. Services will be at 10:00 am on Monday, July 17, 2017 in Hall-Baker Funeral Home, Plainfield, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Plainfield, with Military Honors.