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John Oller
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Birth: Mar. 5, 1879
Montgomery County
Illinois, USA
Death: Feb. 2, 1967
Havana
Mason County
Illinois, USA

Memorial Obituary: Entered into Eternal Rest Thursday, Feb. 2, 1967.

KILBOURNE, IL -- John Oller, 87, Kilbourne, considered one of the nation's oldest paper carriers, died at 2:35 p.m. yesterday in Mason District Hospital at Havana, IL.

He was born March 5, 1879 in Montgomery County, the son of George and Sarah Carman Oller. On March 4, 1902, in Oakford, he married Pearl Anderson, who survives.

Also surviving are four sons, George of San Jose, Riley of Athens, Lonnie of Washburn, and Layford Oller of Kilbourne: four daughters, Mrs. Verancie Denton of Chicago, Mrs. Helcion Stout of Washington, Mrs. Juanita Tune of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Mrs. Gwendolyn Clerine of Claypool, Arizona; one sister, Mrs. Etta Taylor of Litchfield; 23 grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

One son, one daughter, five brothers, and three sisters preceded him in death.

Mr. Oller attended the Oakford Methodist Church.

In 1959, Mr. Oller, who was nearly blind, took over morning and afternoon paper routes from his grandson who wanted to spend the summer in Arizona and continued on the routes until a recent illness forced him to retire.

Services are pending at Newland-Doerr Memorial Home in Havana, IL.


Note; According to his granddaughter, Carol Oller, John had a dog that followed him around and went with him on his paper route. Although the dog had no formal training, it helped him by barking if he was about to walk where he shouldn't.

John Oller registered for the draft for World War I on September 12, 1918 at the age of 39. He was married to Pearl Oller and was living in Oakford, Menard County, Illinois at the time. He worked for the railroad. His physical description listed John as 5 foot 11 inches tall and of medium build. He had blue eyes and brown hair. 
 
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 Parents:
  George Oller (1848 - 1933)
  Sarah Elizabeth Carman Oller (1851 - 1925)
 
 Spouse:
  Pearl Anderson Oller (1882 - 1967)*
 
 Children:
  John Oller*
  William Edward Oller (1904 - 1956)*
  Verancia M. Oller Denton (1909 - 2003)*
  Helcien Fern Oller Stout (1911 - 2001)*
  Riley C. Oller (1913 - 1996)*
  Juanita M. Oller Tune (1920 - 1980)*
  Lonnie V. Oller (1922 - 1992)*
  Layford Oller (1924 - 1981)*
  Gwendolyn M. Oller Roettger (1928 - 1985)*
 
 Siblings:
  Walter William Oller (1873 - 1957)*
  Sina Altone Oller Skinner (1875 - 1963)*
  David Oller (1877 - 1926)*
  John Oller (1879 - 1967)
  Charles Oller (1880 - 1965)*
  Etta Mae Oller Walcher (1883 - 1971)*
  Alfred Oller (1885 - 1888)*
  Henry Oller (1888 - 1964)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Gravestone photo taken by Judy Hofreiter of www.genealogytrails.com
 
Burial:
Kilbourne Cemetery
Kilbourne
Mason County
Illinois, USA
 
Maintained by: Willis Oller
Originally Created by: Jeanette
Record added: Jan 12, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23921401
John Oller
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John Oller
Added by: Jeanette
 
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