Val Frank  Oliver


WATERVILLE - Val Frank Oliver, 67, passed away peacefully following an extended illness on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, in Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown. He had the support and comfort of his loving family at his side.
He was one of 22 children. He was born on Feb. 14, 1952, in Ilion, son of the late Frank E. and Ruth McCumber Oliver.
He was raised and educated in Brookfield.
He first worked on his family's farm.
Val was a proud United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He enlisted on Feb. 27, 1970, serving in the Vietnam Conflict from Dec. 14, 1970, until Dec. 9, 1971. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 8, 1972. He then served in the Army National Guard until 1976.
He was first married to the former Vicki L. (Freeman) Johnson on Sept. 18, 1972, in Des Moines, Iowa. He was later married to Dorothy Dygert on Sept. 26, 1989, in Cherry Valley, until her passing in 2014.
Surviving are his three children, Michele Gabriel of West Laurens, Charles Oliver and his wife, Michelle of Waterville, Kristen Furgison and her husband, Charles of Hubbardsville; six grandchildren, Alexander Goodemoot, Ryan Oliver, Ivy Furgison, Haley Oliver, Taylor Furgison, Addison Oliver, his former wife, Vicki L. Johnson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving are his closest siblings, Rose Bertrand of Louisiana, Robert Oliver of West Winfield, Alida Kosinski of Brookfield, Julia Boylan of Chadwicks and Jacquiline Harris of Waterville.
To all who knew Val, they will always remember a devoted family man who loved playing scratch-off tickets, making coffee and cooking for his family, fishing, trips to the casino, traveling and bragging about his family to anyone he could. He took great pride in always wearing his Vietnam veterans cap. He loved his family, especially his cherished grandchildren. He will be sadly missed.
Calling hours will be at the J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, Richfield Springs, from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13. Funeral services and interment will be private.
Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Disabled American Veterans, 26 Shanley St., Buffalo, NY 14206. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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Published on September 11, 2019
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