Oliver Ray Minor, 76, of Joplin, Mo, passed away on October 24, 2009, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin.  He was born in Prairie Grove, Arkansas on August 24, 1933 to Lewis Minor and Bessie Oliver.  He spent his childhood in West Mineral, Kansas and served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.  He later earned a technical degree from Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburg, Ks in electronics.  Oliver worked for 25 years at Pittsburg State University as an Electrical Supervisor and Energy Management System Supervisor.  He retired early due to his health in 1988.  During the interim he was an avid bowler and had a real passion for fishing

Oliver married Dorothy Rae Kretchet on May 15, 1953 and she preceded him in death in December 1997.  Oliver later moved to Joplin, Mo to share a home with his loving and long time companion Treva M. Ferrier.  He also enjoyed a special relationship with her son John “Skip” Ferrier as well as with her entire extended family.  The two shared membership in the Forest Park Baptist Church in Joplin.

Oliver belonged to many service organizations including:  lifetime memberships in the American Legion Post #64 and the VFW Post #1372 and the DAV, all in Pittsburg.  He also belonged to the Joplin Elks Lodge #501, Adbou Ben Adhem Shriners of Springfield, Mo, The Burning Sands Joplin Shrine Club, Masonic Lodge #681, Scottish rites 33rd, Eagles Club of West Mineral, Four States Family Fishing Club, and ABC bowling.

Oliver had two children, a son, Oliver “Ray” Minor, Jr. who preceded him in death in December of 2006 and a daughter Kathryn “Kathy” Hernandez who lives with her husband Michael in Springfield, MO.  He has three grandchildren, Heather Harris of Everett, Washington, Kelli Minor of Decatur, MI and Christopher Minor of Lawrence, KS.  He had three great-grandchildren, Whitney and Kelsey Ann Harris and Olive Minor.  He had many other family members and friends who will miss him.

Funeral services will be 2 pm, Wednesday, October 28, 2009, at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home with Rev. John Swadley officiating.  Burial will follow in the Highland Park Cemetery.  Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-8 pm Tuesday evening.  Condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com  ">http://www.bathnaylor.com/>  . Military rites and flag folding services by the Ft. Riley Funeral Honor Detail Team.  Service by the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS.