Hastings resident Kelly Doyle Oliver, 66, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020, at Perkins Pavilion Good Samaritan Society-Hastings Village, Hastings, NE, after a battle with the Coronavirus.
Due to COVID-19 directed health measures, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, NE. There will be no viewing or visitation.
Kelly was born Kelly Doyle Walker on November 29, 1953, in North Platte to George Lewis and Donna Marie Walker. He was adopted by Vernard "Jack" Oliver, shortly after his mother married Jack. Kelly attended school in Stapleton and North Platte. He joined the Job Corp in 1971 and received his G.E.D. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1972 and was medically discharged after his feet kept swelling while marching. He worked as a construction worker and truck driver in Nebraska, Colorado, and Texas. He moved to Superior in the 1990s and Hastings in 2018.
Kelly had a passion for cars. He was granted a wish by AseraCare Hospice and Good Samaritan Society, in Hastings last summer when they arranged for him to go for a ride in 1965 Pontiac GTO. Besides his love for cars, he adored his dog, Amy Sue.
Kelly was preceded in death by his biological father, Buster Walker; dad, Jack Oliver; mother, Donna Oliver; and three brothers, Gary Lee Oliver, Randall Jack Oliver and David Eugene Oliver.
He is survived by his daughter, Hilary Hessel of Albuquerque, NM; one grandchild; sisters, Debra Vieweg of Kiowa, CO, and Sandy Tanner of Fort Collins, CO; brother, Rodger Kevin Oliver of Cheyenne, WY; uncle, Virgil Rodgers of North Platte; aunt, Lynis Hefner of White Deere, TX; 12 nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins.