Mr. Bobby Oliver, 65, Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 1 p.m., Dec. 29, 2019, at Hickory Creek of Rochester.
On March 6, 1954, Robert John Oliver was born in Rochester. He was a treasured son of Rue and Melva Lowe Oliver. Growing up he shared his childhood with four sisters and three brothers.
With a strong work ethic, Bobby was a dedicated employee of the Rochester Kroger Store for three decades. He is remembered for his great customer service as a carry out and stocking shelves. Bobby had a radiant smile that lit up the room. He enjoyed men’s bowling league and was a lifetime member of the Eagles Lodge and a member of the union local at Krogers.
Bobby was the proud owner of a unique collection of limousines. He also collected semi-trucks. Smokey and the Bandit was his favorite movie. Bobby enjoyed playing cards with his family and was accomplished at euchre and pinochle. He was a Disney Channel fan and loved all music genres, especially country. As a three time alumni of Camp-We-Can, Bobby looked forward to June and all the fun activites of the themed camp.
Left to cherish Bobby’s memory are his siblings: Ruth Ballinger and husband David of Granger, Pat Mellinger and husband Greg, Maxine Cowles and husband Don, Debbie Dell and husband Dennis, Junior Oliver and wife Verna, all of Rochester, Ed Oliver and wife Valery of North Manchester, and Harry “Jim” Oliver and wife Sandra of Anderson. Many nieces and nephews also survive, along with his treasured canine companion Peppe, the black Miniature Poodle.
Preceding Bobby in death are his parents Rue Oliver, Melva Sanders on Sept. 12, 2011, and a niece Amy D. Arnett, September 27, 2000.
It is with grateful appreciation that the Oliver family wishes to thank Bobby’s Hickory Creek family for their love, support and tender loving care conveyed during his residence with them the past seven years.
A celebration of the life of Mr. Bobby Oliver will be at noon on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester. His family will receive friends from 10 till noon. Dr. Mark Spencer will officiate. Burial will follow in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Preferred memorials may be made to Camp We Can thru the Northern Indiana Community Foundation 227 East 9th Street, Rochester, IN 46975 or The Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center, 1540 Lucas Street, Rochester, IN 46975.