Earl Wayne Oliver

March 27, 1943-February 6, 2014

Earl Wayne OliverEarl Wayne Oliver, “Wayneo”, age seventy, died at his home in Canby on Thursday, February 6, 2014.

Wayne was born on March 27, 1943 in Portland, Oregon to Earl and Sabina Oliver. He attended Canby High School and graduated from the University of Portland in 1965. On September 25th, 1971 Wayne married Karen Millar, and they divorced in 1991. Later, Wayne married Kelly in August of 2000.

Wayne lived in Canby and worked at USF&G Insurance and Farmers Home Insurance before opening Wayne Oliver Insurance Agency in Canby in 1972. Wayne continued as President of Oliver Insurance along with his son, Ryan, until his death.

To say that Wayne was active in the community is an understatement. As a true community leader, Wayne actively serves, or served, on many boards including: The Canby Chamber of Commerce, Canby Jr. Baseball, Canby Utility Board, Clackamas Community College Advisory, Canby Booster Club, Founder of the Canby Alumni Basketball Tournament, Canby City Council, Oregon Jr. Baseball, Jr. Baseball Oregon, Clackamas County Employment training board, Cougar Pride Baseball, and Canby Lions Club. He was also a founding Father of Canby Kids….and this community involvement is just what we know of!

Wayne was elected into the Oregon High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004, and in 2014, he received a merit award from the Old-timers Baseball Association of Portland for his over forty years of service. He was also awarded the Jaycee’s Junior Citizen of the Year in 1975 and the winner of the “Good Guy” award at the Canby High School athletic awards banquet in 1976. Wayne has too many awards to list, but his proudest achievement is being the first house in Canby with cable television!

Wayne’s baseball involvement dates back to 1965 when he coached his first team through 2014 as a board member of Cougar Pride Baseball which supports the Canby High School program. In his early coaching years it wasn’t uncommon for Wayne to coach two teams at once. Wayne kept the scorebook for the Canby baseball program for more than twenty plus years. Wayne also had a deep rooted love for his Portland Pilots basketball team, only missing games due to his kids’ or grandkids’ events.

Wayne’s true loves were his grandkids: Brady, Cole, Alexa, Hayden, Maddox & Kellen. Nothing made “Boppa” more proud than watching his grandkids take the court, field or dance floor. Wayne’s passion and commitment to his kids and grandkids was always consistent as he never missed a game or performance.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Kelly Oliver of Canby, sister, Vicki Lang of Canby, daughter and son, April Thompson and Ryan Oliver and their spouses Bryan Thompson and Kerrie Oliver , all of Canby, stepdaughter, Brooke Henry of Canby, and stepson, Brett Henry and his wife Denise Henry of Portland. Wayne’s grandchildren are Brady, Cole, Alexa, Hayden, Maddox and Kellen. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Sabina Oliver, and his first wife, Karen.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 2 pm at the Canby High School Fine Arts Center with a reception to follow at the Canby Fairgrounds. There will be a public viewing at the Canby Funeral Chapel on Friday, February 14th from noon to 5pm. A private interment will be held at the Zion Cemetery in Canby.

Donations in lieu of flowers, to Canby Junior Baseball (PO Box 806, Canby, Oregon 97013) and Canby Lions Club (PO Box 711, Canby Oregon 97013) are appreciated.

Go Cougars! Go Pilots! Go Dodgers! Go Rams!

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