Justus "Pete" Ira Olney of Holliday, Missouri | 1922 - 2020 | Obituary

Justus "Pete" Ira Olney
Justus "Pete" Ira Olney

August 25, 1922 - May 24, 2020

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     Justus Ira “Pete” Olney, 97, of Holliday, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the Monroe Manor nursing home in Paris. Pete was born on August 25, 1922 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was the son of George F. Olney and Naomi K. Howard Olney.

     In 1934, the family moved to a farm 9 miles southeast of Monroe City. In 1938, they moved to a farm 7 miles north of Holliday, where he attended high school.

     Pete was honorably discharged from the navy during WWII. In 1944, he went to work for his brother-in-law, Mac Donovan, at a garage, where he was the main mechanic and body-man.  Pete worked there full-time until he went to work as a mail carrier in August of 1956.

     On August 20, 1944, Pete and Margaret “Mert” Dry were married in a double wedding with Pete’s sister Margaret Ruth and Margaret Dry’s cousin Bernard Hartman.

     Pete was a rural mail carrier from 1956-1983. On the side, he was a born mechanic and great body-man. He restored many vintage cars and worked repairs for people from all over, and was still working on a motor in 2017 when his garage caught fire, resulting in the loss of his ‘41 Chevy and his beautiful home. Pete and Mert then moved to Miller’s assisted living for three years.

Pete and Mert spent nearly 30 years wintering in Weslaco, Texas, and took many trips all over the United States in their ’41 Chevy. His ’32 Ford was in two movies: O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Cinderella Man. Pete had many friends in the antique car club and retired mail carriers, and many other card-playing friends.

     Pete is survived by his wife Margaret Louise; two daughters, Barbara Jo Jarman of St. Louis, and Brenda Jean (Rodney) Coffman of Holliday;  ive grandchildren, Lesley Jarman-McGilligan of St. Louis; Michael (Kathy) Jarman of Fenton; Alicia (Cory) Bergthold of Ashland; Betsy (Nic) Roberts of Kansas City; and Garret (Jackie) Coffman of St. Louis; nine great-grandchildren,Justin and Landen Jarman; Gabriel and Graysen McGilligan; Claire, Callie, and Blaine Bergthold; Brecken and Ainsley Roberts; and unborn Baby Girl Coffman, due in July; one sister, Catherine (Mac) Donovan of Paris; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by son Richard Lee Olney; his parents; two dear sisters, Margaret Ruth Hartman and Joan Plataka; three half-brothers, two half-sisters; and brother-in-laws Mac Donovan, Bernard Hartman, and Ed Plataka.

     Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2020 at the Holliday Christian church.  Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until time of service on Friday.  Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Holliday.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Holliday Christian Church.