Steve Oliver


(Aug. 25, 2007)

Services will be conducted Saturday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. in the Northwest College Cabre Gym for Daniel Stephen (Steve) Oliver, who died Sunday, Aug. 19 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings as the result of injuries sustained in an accident Aug. 14 while performing his duties as a weed sprayer for the Shoshone Irrigation District.

He was born June 15, 1956, in Pittsburg, Kan., to Daniel Oliver and Katherine (Whitcomb) Oliver. His early years were spent in Kansas and Arizona.

He came to Powell as a grade school student, and had lived here ever since. He graduated from Powell High School in 1974 and attended Northwest College for two years and the University of Wyoming for one year.

Steve’s high school years were spent working for numerous farmers in the area. After a short stint working for Hawley Plumbing, he joined the Powell Police Department.  He spent more than 25 years in law enforcement as a Powell police officer, followed by a short term as jail administrator at the Park County Jail in Cody. Steve was a well-known and well-loved figure in Powell.

One of Steve’s proudest accomplishments was attending the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., in 2002.

He recently left law enforcement to go to work for the Shoshone Irrigation District, spending his time outdoors, which he truly loved.

Survivors include his loving wife, Kelly; his two sons, Nick and his wife Sabrina and Jarred Oliver, both of Powell, as well as his three grandsons, Dallas, Tyler and Tucker, who were his greatest joy. Also surviving are his mother and stepfather, Ed and Katherine Hooper of Powell; his sister, Sandy and her husband Marv Wake and nieces Brooke and Chelsea of Worland; his in-laws, Cliff and Shirley Thomas of Powell; and Kelly’s siblings, Sherry and her husband Marshal Robin of Fence Lake, N.M., Teresa and her husband Mike Alexander of Powell and Darren and his wife Julie Thomas of Powell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Stanley Richard Oliver; his father, Daniel Oliver; and his grandparents on both sides of the family.

Thompson Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.