Obituary: Coy 'Gene' Oliver


Coy E. “Gene” Oliver, 81, Davenport, passed away at home on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Gene will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12,at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Davenport. Visitation will be prior to Mass from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ​The Mass may be viewed by visiting Gene’s obituary at Honoring his wishes, cremation has been accorded and inurnment will be at the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Coy Eugene Oliver was born March 9, 1939, in Golden Pond, Trigg County, Ky., to Coy Everett and Willie Mae (Rogers) Oliver. He proudly served in the United States Army. He was united in marriage to Kathryn Orr on July 2, 1966.

Gene was the former owner of Gene’s Radiator prior to retiring from Threaded Products Inc., Eldridge. He served our community as a member of the Knights of Columbus and past president of the “Columbus Club.” He served on the Board of Directors for Alcoa (Accentra) Credit Union, St. Alphonsus Credit Union, John O’Donnell Stadium, and past president of Davenport West Little League. He also served on the St. Alphonsus Parish Council and was on the maintenance committee at Camp Conestoga Girl Scout Camp. Gene enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing, and evening bonfires. He took great pride in his yard and garden as he was affectionately referred to as “Mr. Green Genes.”

Gene is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Kathryn, and their sons; Brian (Renee’ Elias) Oliver, their children Sydney, Ian and Addison (our angel), Gaylord, Mich., and Kevin (Sandra Eckert) Oliver, their children Nicole (fiancé Dillon Swanson), Brooke, and Cameron, Savage, Minn.; his siblings; Grace Baker and Nancy Wallace, both of Princeton, Ky., and Ruby (Butch) Miller, Rock Falls, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Sally Ploehn, and brother-in-law, James (Mary) Orr, all of Davenport; numerous loving nieces, nephews, and extended family.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Addison, sisters; Gladys Litsey, Frieda Hinds and Amy Otto; brothers, Vernon, Howard, Hollis, Ernest, William and Lonnie; sister-in-law Mary Eloise Funk; and brother-in-law John “Jack” Orr.


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