Oliver Lawrence Earl


Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Nikiski resident Oliver Lawrence Earl died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, at the Stone Brook Inn Assisted Living Home in Soldotna. He was 90.

Memorial services and a potluck will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center in Nikiski. The Rev. Herb Schaan will officiate. VFW Post No. 10046 and American Legion Post No. 20 will perform military honors. Mr. Earl's ashes will be transported and scattered at the family ranch in Taplin, Idaho.

Mr. Earl was born March 14, 1914, in Taplin, where he was raised on the family ranch. He furthered his education by completing one year of community college. He entered into the U.S. Air Force and served in India during World War II until he was honorably discharged.

He met his wife, Jean Sweet Undeen, and they were married in 1949. Mr. Earl raised sheep, had a saw mill and worked for Nelson Equipment Co. in Portland, Ore. He also sold real estate until he retired in 1977 as a broker in Portland.

After he retired, he spent winters in Mexico for several years, and in the summers he sold firewood. The Earls moved to Kenai in May 1988 and stayed a year before he built their home in Nikiski, where they have resided ever since.

Mr. Earl enjoyed wine making, building and maintaining greenhouses, outdoor gardening and clamming.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Ruth Sargent.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jean S. Earl of Nikiski; sons, Larry E. Earl of Portland, Christopher Earl of Palo Alto, Calif., James Earl of Portland and John Earl of Nikiski; daughter, Mary Earl of Portland; grandsons, Joel and Larry O. Earl, both of Portland, and Jeff Earl of Anchorage; great-grandson, Damion Earl of Anchorage; brother, Elmer Earl of Taplin; nephew, Eddie Sargent of Spokane, Wash.; and niece, Valarie Earl of Taplin.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Earl's memory to the Alzheimer's Resource Agency, 1750 Abbott Road, Anchorage, AK 99507.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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