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Oliver John Rhein

January 8, 1940March 22, 2020

Oliver John Rhein, 80, of Dallas, TX, passed away on March 22, 2020. He was born in Belleville, IL on January 8, 1940. Oliver graduated from Belleville Township High School, and later received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Oliver was owner and chef of Oliver’s Restaurant and also manager and chef at the Knights of Columbus. Oliver had a passion for family, books, travel and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Oliver is survived by his wife, Sandy Swanson Rhein; daughter, Jill DeBord (Jeff); grandchildren, Mollie DeBord and Maddie DeBord; siblings, Barbara Jacobus (Bill) and Diane Herr (Ray); sister-in-law, Rita Offutt; brother-in-law, Gary Swanson (Bonnie); nephews, John Jacobus (Christy), Scott Jacobus, and Jason Offutt (Rebecca); and niece, Kelly Hartman (Josh). He will be missed by all who loved him.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Oliver’s name to the North Texas Food Bank.


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Frances Bell

April 2, 2020

What a lovely, warm, gregarious man! When he laughed, he laughed with everything he had and everybody laughed with him with that great smile that lit up the room. Not to mention he made the best chicken salad in the world. My thoughts are with Sandy!

Dick Galitz

March 30, 2020

It is with sadness we learn of Oliver’s passing. He seemed to always have a smile on his face and laughter in his heart. It was a treat to share Oliver’s warmth, hospitality, and really good food at his restaurant whenever we visited Dallas. While enjoying each other’s company, we would talk sports plus living in the Midwest. The surprise party celebrating our father’s 90th birthday was especially memorable, complete with a huge plater of Dad’s favorite asparagus, and a unique visit from a police officer. Fun time created by a special person! God bless Oliver, Sandy, and their family.
Barbara & Dick Galitz

Keith Galitz

March 29, 2020

Oliver and Sandy were very special people in my father's life as they owned Oliver's restaurant. Dad and his lady friend Ruth would have lunch or dinner there many days each week. Oliver always treated dad as special and the 90th birthday party for dad that Oliver put together was something only Oliver could plan. We miss him

Keith and Jan Galitz

Liz Leyba

March 27, 2020

Sandy, we’re so sorry for your loss! I didn’t know Ollie very well but what I did know from the few times I was around him was how loved he was by his family and how much he loved them. I know his absence will leave a hole but hopefully the good memories and the love of your family and friends will help to fill that hole! Sandy, you are loved!! May God bless you and surround you with his embrace at this difficult time.

Matthew, Jackie & Elise Hillebrand

March 24, 2020

Sandy: Jackie, Elise and I send you our most sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing of Ollie. We were comforted to know that you had family members with you in your final hours together. May the warm memories of your long and happy life together bring you peace during this time. Love always, Matt