Bruce John Oliver
August 30, 1924 – January 13, 2020
Bruce Oliver passed away at the age of 95 in his Pebble Beach home. He grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, the oldest son of Chauncey Bristol Oliver and Edith Patton Oliver. The family enjoyed wonderful times at their “Oliver Rancho” near Las Vegas, Nevada.
Betty Campbell Oliver (August 3rd,1927-February 20th, 2015) was the love of Bruce’s life. Bruce and Betty moved to the Carmel Highlands from Hinsdale, Illinois, in the early seventies. They settled in Pebble Beach in their later years.
Bruce graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1947 and served in the Pacific Fleet on the destroyer, the U.S.S. Brinkley Bass. Bruce returned to Chicago after service and joined Everpure, Inc., the water purification company founded by his father. He and his brother, Robert, worked to grow the business. Everpure was a leader in manufacturing commercial filtration products for food service, vending, marine and aviation markets. Upon the sale of Everpure to Culligan International, Bruce became head of Culligan Europe, and was based in Brussels, Belgium, for three years.
The Oliver children are Cathy Aiken (Teddy), Wayne Oliver, Allison Turnbull (Richard), and Neil Oliver. Bruce had ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. His brother, Robert Patton Oliver ’50 Annapolis, passed away in 2019. He served in the submarine service during the Korean War.
Bruce attended several gatherings of the surviving U.S.S. Brinkley Bass shipmates. He was a member of the Old Capital Club (Monterey) and the Monterey Peninsula Country Club (MPCC). He always looked forward to returning to Annapolis for Navy reunions and football games.
A private family gathering is planned.