BENJAMIN OLIVER Jr.
OLIVER BENJAMIN FRANKLIN OLIVER, JR. (Age 91) Of Silver Spring, Maryland, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Brookside Rehab and Nursing Center in Warrenton, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-five years, Florence Oliver. He is survived by his beloved sister, Helen Schaeffer of Evans, Georgia; his daughter, Kathryn Kadilak (Stephen) of The Plains, Virginia; and his son, Michael Oliver (Marta) of Pottstown, Pennsylvania. His four proud grandchildren, are Alissa Ray (Jason) of Herndon, Virginia; Christine D'Auria (Robert Kilpatrick) of Boston, Massachusetts, Nicholas Oliver (Katie) of Wilmington, Delaware and Benjamin Oliver, III of Arlington, Virginia. His loving step-granddaughter is Ashlyn King (James) of Arlington, Virginia. Ben also took great joy in the recent birth of his great-granddaughter, Edith Ray. Ben was born in Anacostia, Washington, DC. A veteran of World War II, serving in the Bureau of Ships Navy, and a dedicated civil servant, Ben embodied the virtues of hard work, commitment, patience, and compassion. His endless trove of (very well told) stories about growing up in Depression-era Washington, DC, serving in the US Navy, attending George Washington University on the G.I. Bill, and working at the National Archives kept his family and friends inspired and entertained for years. We will always remember and cherish his ability to tell a great story. His life, above all, was defined by his dedication to his family. Ben was a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather. Ben and his wife, Florence were avid globetrotters, visiting nearly every continent and taking innumerable cruises together. When at home in their beloved community at Leisure World, you'd be certain to find Ben and Florence on the dance floor surrounded by the other members of the Leisure World Ballroom Dance Club. Ben served as President of the Club for 30 years and immensely enjoyed sharing his love of dance and music and coordinating popular community events. His Catholic faith was a source of great solace throughout his life, and he enjoyed quiet reflection. One of the more personally meaningful events of his life occurred during the mid-1950s when he attended a silent retreat hosted by the Church. This experience culminated in his decision to convert to Catholicism, a faith that guided him for the remainder of his life. Above all else, Ben navigated life's ups and downs with grace, dignity, and courage. His example will live on through his descendants and other lives he touched along the way. A Funeral Mass is planned for Monday, January 16, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 15663 Norbeck Blvd. Silver Spring, MD. A Entombment is planned following the service at Gate of Heaven Cemetery 13801 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20906. Arrangements by Moser Funeral Home 233 Broadview Ave. Warrenton, VA 20186, 540-347-3431. In lieu of flowers, please honor the memory of this kind and gentle man by engaging in an act of kindness for another person. In lieu of flowers, please honor the memory of this kind and gentle man by engaging in an act of kindness for another person.
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