John William Oliver, Jr. Saturday, August 17, 1929 - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

John William Oliver, Jr. of Canton, died Tuesday, March 21. He was 87. Oliver was born August 17, 1929, near Pittsburgh, PA to John and Helen Oliver. A graduate of Mercersburg Academy and the University of Indiana, Oliver was professor emeritus of history at Malone University from 1966 until retirement. Books authored or co-authored by Oliver cover Malone and Quaker history, and Oliver family history. Oliver directed the Greater Canton Writers’ Guild and the Conference on Faith and learning at Malone, and chaired the North American Chapter of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship. Preceded in death by brother Robert, Oliver is survived by his loving wife, Marge; children Kim and John of Tennessee, their mother, Juanelle; daughters Andrea and Amy of Louisville. He will be dearly missed by grandchildren, Jesse, Caleb, Jason, Joshua, Rachel, Aaron, Anastasia, Genevieve, Evangeline, Jonah, John Gabriel, Katie, Anna, Everett, Hailey, Zane, and by extended family. Calling hours are Friday, 5-7 pm, followed by a memorial service, with funeral on Saturday, 11 am, all at Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, 2027 18th St NE, Canton.

My condolences to Dr. Oliver's family.  I had him as a history professor while attending Malone College in the mid to late 70's.  I have never forgotten his enthusiasm for history and his predictions based upon historical knowledge that would occur years later.  I am grateful to have had him as a professor.  My prayers for his family.

May his memory be Eternal.

John Olivar was a good & honest man. May the Good Lord be with his family at this time. 

Memory Eternal! May your father,grandfather,and husband, find reat in the Bosum of Abraham! Condolences for your families loss.   

My condolences to the Oliver family on their loss.  I was a student at Malone in the mid 70's when I had the opportunity to take a history class from Dr. Oliver.  Several years later I worked with his brother Robert in Florida.  Two interesting gentlemen whose unique personalites I will never forget.    

Dr Oliver was one of my favorite professors at Malone. He was passionate and got into his history lessons so much he would bang the podium and refer to Walsh students as the barbarians! Prayers to his family and all who knew him. 

John was a kind, witty, scholarly and devout Christian man. We were proud to be members of his extended family through marriage and to know him for nearly 20 years.  
May God bless and comfort all of you who loved him.


Dr. Oliver was a wonderful part of my experience at Malone. My sympathy to his family.

May John's memory be eternal. Prayers for strength for family.

The Williams family is very saddened by John's passing.  In recent months there were a couple phone conversations with John that were very enriching and interesting about politics, religion and his books.  Eventhough our paths have not crossed face-to-face in many years, he was thought of often and will be missed.  We send our prayers to John, Kim, Juanelle, Marge and their families.

Lovingly, The Williams, Hunt and Hite families in Florida and Tennessee.