Oliver died March 27, 2004. He grew up on a family farm in North Dakota; graduated from Crosley High School in 1939 and from the University of North Dakota with a degree in civil engineering in 1948. Oliver was a member of the CPS-103 smokejumpers and worked the 1944 and 1945 seasons.
He worked in New York City as an engineer on various construction projects before returning to the University of North Dakota to take an instructor’s position in mathematics and civil engineering in the 1970s. Oliver returned to the family farm and worked until retirement in 1997.
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