Merlin Joseph Oliver

08/14/1937 — 03/01/2012

From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in Lawtell, LA

Merlin Joseph Oliver

Merlin Joseph Oliver, 74, beloved Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Brother, and Friend, of Kennewick, WA, passed away on March 1, 2012 at the Kennewick Hospice House.

He was born on August 14, 1937 in Lawtell, LA. He moved to the Tri-Cities on November 22, 1963. Merlin worked as a bookkeeper at Petroleum Pump for many years and most recently he retired from Coldwell Banker, where he made many friends. Merlin was a very happy man that made friends easily. He had a group of buddies he called his Thursday Lunch Bunch. He should be remembered for his love of family, friends, horse races, The Cafe at Queensgate, and, of course, the hydroplane races.

Merlin was preceded in death by his parents Percy and ArmeziaDuplechein Oliver, daughter Janice Simar and Grandson Timmy Oliver.

He is survived by Betty Oliver, his son Merlin Joe Oliver Jr Janet, daughter Claudine FurnissDoug, Granddaughters Dannielle Fontenot-Benoit, Angel Simar, Justine Simar, Lana Simar, and Kylia Nicholls, Great Grandchildren Gavin and Cassie Benoit, Sisters Betty Magruder and Gladys DarbonneDelvin and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and a very special friend and brother in law Gene BaumEdna.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, March 10th at 2pm at the LDS church located at 724 Pittsburgh Street in Kennewick, WA. A special gathering for family and friends to reminisce will follow the service.

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  • My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. God Bless

    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Claudine and Joey:

    I can’t imagine how it must feel to lose a parent. I haven’t lost any aunts or uncles until now. Even though we are not in the same area, we missed and loved him dearly. I loved having him visit. I loved the look in his eyes when seeing familiar faces from the past and seeing him have so much fun visiting and dancing. He will be missed. We love you.

    Kim Andrepont Warren
    November 4, 2014
    Lafayette, LA, US
  • Rest in peace good friend. We sure had some good times and shared great stories. Hope they have some great race horses in Heaven. George & Karren

    George & Karren Garton
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Our condolences are with Merlin’s family.

    Artie McDaniel

    Nancy Zorich

    Art McDaniel
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • We are so very sorry for the loss of Merlin Oliver. My father, Mervin Faul, loved him like a brother. I have heard many stories from my dad of thier many adventures growing up. I was lucky enough to have known him and love him too. He will be greatly missed by us all.

    Janice Ritter
    November 4, 2014
    Iowa, LA, US
  • Sister Furniss and Family of Merlin Oliver! Sorry for your loss and hope the Spirit of the Lord is with all of you. We hope the funeral services is going well. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Jim and Pat Rusk
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Claudine, Doug, Betty and family – our prayers are with you and your families at this time – remember the good times and his memory will live on through each of you. Love you my very special friend, we will talk soon. Maurine & family

    Maurine Lewis
    November 4, 2014
    Orting, WA, US
  • I always enjoyed talking with Merlin, we shared many flower seeds & plants. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to the family

    Charlene Darby
    November 4, 2014
    Longview, WA, US
  • Betty, Claudine and other family members please accept our sympathy and our prayers from the Tanji Family Juanita,Donnell & Dianna

    Juanita Tanji
    November 4, 2014
    Marysville, WA, US
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