Leland Thompson Oliver

Leland Thompson Oliver, 68, of Dayton passed away on January 1, 2019. He was born January 13, 1950 in Garden City, Kansas to parents Sylvester Thompson Oliver and Opal Dunsworth Oliver.

Services for Mr. Oliver will be at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harlo Hakes officiating. Interment will follow the service at Palms Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton. The family will receive friends 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday evening at Pace-Stancil in Dayton. Serving as pallbearers will be Steed Kelley, James Kelley, Chance Oliver, Cable Oliver, Michael Oliver, and Kevin Brent. Honorary pallbearers are Roy Oliver, Cody Oliver, and Dave Hiebert.

Leland had been a resident of Dayton since the early 90’s and was a former resident of Sheldon. He was an accomplished carpenter who loved tinkering on sports cars in his spare time. He enjoyed riding his Harley and loved giving his children and later his grandchildren the ride of their lives. Through the years, he supported, inspired and lead his children by example. He taught them many life skills and took turns coaching them in little league. Most importantly, together with his wife and children, he accepted Christ as his Savior and followed in baptism at the First Baptist Church of Sheldon. Leland will be remembered as a man of self-sacrifice…a real life hero to his children.

Mr. Oliver was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Linda Oliver; sisters, Darlene Dickson and Velda Holsten. He is survived by sons, Chance Oliver and wife Blanca, Cable Oliver and wife Sarah, Steed Kelley, James Kelley and wife Penny, Michael Oliver and wife Pamela; daughter, Dionne Hiebert and husband Dave; grandchildren, Samantha, Sydney, Nathan, Angel, Micah, Max, Gabriela, Taylor, Owen, Sam, Eli, Josh, T.J., Kasey, Cody, and Ashlynn; great grandchildren, Nevaeh and Rhiannon; brother, Elmer Oliver and wife Linda; sister, Betty Brent and husband Lavon; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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