Obituary Record

Floyd David (Scoot) Oliver
Died on 4/10/2016


Posted on line 16 April 2016; Published in The Pilot Tribune, Tuesday, 19 April 2016

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Floyd D. Oliver, 82

Floyd David “Scoot” Oliver, 82 years of age, of Bertrand, Nebraska, passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at the Bertrand Nursing Home in Bertrand. Floyd was born October 18, 1933, at Modale, Iowa, the youngest of three children born to Leal William and Hazel May (Walls) Oliver. He received his education from the Modale Public Schools, graduating from Modale High School with the class of 1953.

Following his education, he enlisted into the United States Army on December 7, 1955, and was honorably discharged on November 21, 1957.

On November 25, 1955, he was united in marriage to JoAnne Babe in Pipestone, Minnesota. The couple was blessed with four children: Michael, Penny, Connie and Timothy.

Floyd was instrumental in the building of many National Wildlife Refuge Camps across the nation, where he served as a heavy equipment operator. The family made their home in Modale, Iowa, where Floyd worked at the DeSoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge. They then moved to Socorro, New Mexico, where he worked for the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in San Antonio, New Mexico and lastly, the Desert National Wildlife Range in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1996, Floyd and JoAnne began to make their home in Bertrand closer to family. In 2013, he began to make his home at the Bertrand Nursing Home after his health began to fail.

Floyd loved the outdoors and enjoyed bird watching, flying and riding his motorcycle.

Besides his parents; he was preceded in death by his brother, William “Bill” Oliver; daughter-in-law, Michelle Oliver; son-in-law, Miguel Martinez; and grandson, Andrew Gonzalez.

He leaves to celebrate his life: his wife of 60 years, JoAnne of Bertrand; his children: Michael Oliver of Ely, Nevada, Penny Martinez of Bertrand, Connie Oliver of Forest Grove, Oregon, and Timothy Oliver of Bertrand; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Curzon, and her husband, Everett, of Pocatello, Idaho; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

There will be no visitation as the family is honoring Floyd’s wishes for cremation. A Private Memorial Service and interment will be held at a later date.

A memorial has been established in Floyd’s honor and kindly suggested to the VA.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.

~~~ Obituary courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair Public Library at Blair, Nebraska.~~~

Printed in the Washington County Pilot-Tribune on 4/19/2016