William W. “Bill” Oliphant
August 27, 1921 ‒ October 03, 2008
Pomeroy and formerly of Marion, Ohio
William W. “Bill” Oliphant, age 87, of Pomeroy and formerly of Gooding Rd. in Marion, died on Friday afternoon, October 3, 2008, at the Darst Rest Home in Pomeroy, Ohio.
He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 27, 1921, the son of the late Harry and Lottie (Wigmore) Oliphant. Due to his mother’s ailing health, Bill moved to Marion at the age of 12 to live with his aunt, Effie Oliphant, where he would graduate from the Marion Harding High School in the Class of 1940.
Near the beginning of World War II, Bill was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as a squad leader in the Battles of New Guinea and Luzon in the Philippines, earning three bronze stars.
Upon his return from the war, Bill met his wife to be Jane Duffey in the lunch line at Woolworth’s. On June 28, 1953, Bill and Jane were married in Adams County, and they shared nearly thirty four wonderful years of marriage. Jane preceded him in death on March 30, 1987.
For over thirty years, Bill was a dedicated salesman at the Probst Supply Company, greeting everyone with a smile and a warm hello, until he retired in 1989.
A man of deep faith, Bill was a loyal member of the Epworth United Methodist Church, where he served as an usher and greeter for many years. He was also a member of the V.F.W. Post 7201, American Legion Post 584, and of the Meigs County Senior Citizens.
An avid bowler, Bill enjoyed bowling in the Thursday night Methodist Men’s League for many years. After retiring, he bowled with his many friends in Senior Citizen Leagues.
He will be dearly missed by his two children: James (Kimberly) Oliphant of Pomeroy, and Jan (Kevin) Greene of Newberry, Florida; one grandson, Aaron Oliphant; and several nieces and nephews.
Including his wife and parents, Bill was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Charles Pryer.
The Oliphant family will greet friends on Monday, October 6, 2008, from Noon to 2 p.m. at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion, where services will follow immediately at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Colleen Ogle officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Marion United Veterans Council will follow in Marion Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Meigs Co. Senior Citizens Center, c/o Meals on Wheels, 112 E. Memorial Dr., Pomeroy, Ohio 45769.
The Oliphant family would like to extend a sincere “thank you” to the Darst Rest Home for their special care and concern.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.