Charles Clay Oliver, Jr., the son of Virginia Irene Hays and Charles Clay Oliver, was born December 7, 1922 at the family homestead in rural Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, near Neely’s Landing. The family soon relocated to Bloomfield, Missouri, where he attended the public school system. Upon graduation, he enrolled in Southeast Missouri State University, but left after two years to serve in the U.S. Army in World War II. His service included the A.S.T.P. program at the University of Iowa, and subsequent duty in the European Theater, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. After demobilization, he attended Law School at the University of Missouri, graduating in 1949. He became Judge of the Probate Court of Stoddard County in 1949, twice re-elected. He resigned in 1957 to become Counsel and later Commissioner of the Probate Court of Jackson County, leaving the Court in 1959 to become Executive Vice President and Executive Trust Officer of Traders National Bank of Kansas City. He became President and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the bank in 1975. In 1981 he became President and Chairman of the Board on United Kansas Bank and Trust. During his legal and banking careers, he was active in several professional organizations, and served as President of the Stoddard County Bar Association, Chairman of the Probate and Trust Committee of the Missouri Bar, Chairman of the Trust Services Committee of the Missouri Bankers Association, President of the Corporate Fiduciaries Association of Kansas City, and Chairman of the Estate Planning Council of Kansas City. He lectured at several professional meetings and seminars, and authored articles in various publications, including the Missouri Law Review and The Missouri Bar Journal. He was also a member of the American, Missouri and Kansas City Bar Associations, Lawyers Association, Clearing House Association, United Way Executive Committee, American Royal Board of Governors, Starlight Theater Association, Kansas City Museum Board of Trustees. Other memberships included the Kansas City Club, the 822 Club and the Blue Hills Country Club. Charles passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Monday, January 28, 2013.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara Louise Copps Oliver; daughters, Carroll Louise Oliver, Virginia Ann Oliver Jackson, and Mary Jane Oliver Marquardt; sons-in-law, Philip Marquardt and Roger Jackson; grandchildren, Drew Roach, Hilary Roach, Sarah Roach, Elora Jackon, Leah Jackson, John “Jack” Jackson, Charlie Marquardt, Ben Marquardt and Grace Marquardt; sister, Mary Louise Oliver Kuhnmuench and brother, David Arthur Oliver.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 100 E. Red Ridge Road, Kansas City, MO. His ashes will be interred at a later date at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church, Fruitland, Missouri. Donations in Charles’ honor may be made to the charity of your choice.