Jason Thomas Oliver, 40
Jason Thomas Oliver, 40, of Towanda, PA, passed away following an auto accident in Wysox. Born in Tunkhannock on Nov. 5, 1971, he was a son of Robert F. and Irene Knolles Oliver of Wyalusing.
He recently returned to Bradford County after living and working in the Elizabethtown area for the last 10 years. He was a graduate of Wyalusing Valley High School, Class of 1990, a three-year varsity letterman in wrestling. He received a certificate in HVAC from Bradford County VoTech.
Jason was a veteran of the U.S. Army. After graduation he enlisted in the Army Reserves and served with the 1st Battalion 314th Infantry from Williamsport until his release in 1998.
He worked for Jerry Frank Construction and Milnes Construction, after which he became a union carpenter, which gave him the opportunity work for Griner Industries as a welder. He later began his own construction company and began building large homes in the Harrisburg area.
Jason and his wife, Audrey, were married on Feb. 15, 2002. An avid golfer, he also loved softball, hunting and was a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan and NASCAR Dale Earnhardt fan.
He was a member of the Towanda V.F.W. and American Legion Post 534, Wyalusing, and the Elizabethtown American Legion and a member of the Wyalusing United Methodist Church.
Jason had a love for life and made many smile. He was a wonderful husband and friend to many.
He is survived by his wife, Audrey L. Raupers Oliver of Towanda; two daughters, Fontana Oliver of Horseheads, NY and Christina and Jonathan Beachy of Manheim; three grandchildren, David, Allyla and Jonathan Jason Beachy; his parents, Robert F., Sr. and Irene Oliver of Wyalusing; brothers, Robert F. Oliver, Jr. (Melinda Miller) of Colley and Adam and Angie Oliver of Hollenback; grandparents, Ida Belle Knolles of Cordele, GA and Alice Youkoski of Towanda; father and mother-in-law, Charles and Ann Raupers; nieces, Lydia Mills, Janie Oliver and a nephew, Thomas Oliver; special cousins, Bert and Chris Vaskas, Kelsey and Cole Walker and Billy Spaeth; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Jason was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Gertrude Kunkle; grandparents, Gerald Knolles and Hutt and Reta Oliver; an aunt, Dawn Knolles and a cousin, Felicia Reese.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17 in the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, at noon with Pastor Beverly Murphy officiating. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday from 10 until the time of the service.
Interment and military honors will be held in the Colley Cemetery at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Wounded Warriors Project, 1120 G Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005.