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Bruce Woodrow Oliver passed away at 6:12 a.m. Monday, Aug 14, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Bruce was born March 26, 1949, in Danville, Ill., to Everett and Elizabeth Oliver.
He is survived by his older siblings, Curtis (Frances) Oliver and Dorothy Brito; his children, Christine, Grace and Benjamin; his nieces Clementine, Teleli and Marisol; and his grandchild, Alleister Moll.
In his earlier years, Bruce helped with his family photo-finishing business (Oliver Photo Service) and then went on to open his own picture tube repair business. Bruce and his father, Everette, spent hours exploring the sky and operating the ham radio. A lover of the outdoors, Bruce and his family enjoyed their land in Indiana.
After graduating from Danville High School, Bruce attended the U of I School of Music. Best known as a talented clarinetist, Bruce also played the piano, trumpet, flute, saxophone and oboe. Bruce played many seasons with the Danville Municipal Band and with other local talented music groups.
Later in life, Bruce went on to play trumpet and piano with the Starlighters and the Little German Dance Band. He played often at the Knights of Columbus and the Elks Lodge. He enjoyed teaching his children music education, bicycling and writing. He faithfully kept a daily journal for 40-plus years.
Many people will remember how kind and thoughtful Bruce was with people and how he always would lend a helping hand to someone in need. His philosophy in life was to be positive. Bruce loved to make people smile and laugh. His unique wit and cheerful disposition will be cherished in our memories.
A visitation for Bruce will be 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville, with a family and friend sharing time at 3 p.m.
Please join Bruce's family in sharing pictures, memories and video on his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
Published on August 15, 2017
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