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John Joseph Olivas

February 2, 2018

John Joseph Olivas 79, passed away Friday, February 2, 2018 at his home in St. Marys.

He was born January 13, 1939 at Ft. Collins, CO. the son of Adelaido and Mary Valdez Olivas.  John lived nearly all of his life in Ft. Collins.  He served in the United States Navy for 10 years.

John was a psychiatric hospital tech in Pueblo for several years.  After being honorably discharged from the Navy he returned to Ft. Collins where he worked for Public Service Gas & Electric for 25 years before his retirement.  John was a member of Assumption Chapel in St. Marys.

He was devoted to his faith and to his family’s happiness.  John was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He loved to travel.

On December 30, 1961 he was united in marriage to Beatrice Aguirre in Ft. Collins.  He is survived by his wife Beatrice of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, John (Tammy) Olivas, Ft. Collins and Matt (Debbie) Olivas, Thornton, CO; his daughter, Juanita (John) Morgali, St. Marys; a brother, Laurence (Eleanor) Olivas, Ft. Collins; two sisters, Nina (Tom) Whitehead and Barbara (Lenny, deceased) Ruibal, all of Ft. Collins; 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Requiem Funeral Mass will be at 6:50 A.M. Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Assumption Chapel in St. Marys.  Interment will be in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, St. Marys.  Mr. Olivas will lie in state from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.  A rosary will be recited at 5:20 P.M at the Assumption Chapel.  Memorial contributions may be made in John’s name and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.  To read a full obituary or to leave an online condolence please go to www.piperfuneralhome.com

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24 thoughts on “John Joseph Olivas

  1. Bea, and all the family our deepest sympathy in the loss of JJ. Although its’ been years since our family had seen him he left us with many memories of his time in California. Thats’ how we will remember him always.
    Bobby and Donna Valdez

  2. Bra
    So very sorry for your loss. We have missed you both at Annunciation Chapel but knew you were moving to a good place at St.Marys. Prayers will be said for John. God bless you and your family

  3. Bea and family, our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. John always will have a special place in our memories. Love and prayers, Raymond and Joann and family.

  4. Bea and Family,
    So sorry to hear of John’s passing, may he RIP and no more pain. Until we all meet again.
    Love Ida and Ron Gonzales

  5. Bea, Juanita, Matt and John Jr. John fought a long battle and now he’s in Gods loving arms, may he rest peacefully.

  6. Bea…We very sorry to hear of your loss. May all the memories you, John, and your family have made be enough to comfort you in your time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    God Bless,
    Sam and Paula

  7. Dear Aunt Bea, Juanita, John Jr., Matt & Family;
    It saddens me to know that Uncle John has left the family. However, every passing life leaves something beautiful behind, so hold on to those memories in your heart and mind forever. Carry on the legacy left to you and know that you are now never out of sight or presence of an angel who is no longer earthbound. May you find peace of mind, comfort of heart and the fortitude to endure this loss with the passage of time, until you see your beloved again. With Deepest Sympathy, Veronica, Bill & Loren

  8. Beatrice, John Jr, Matt & Juanita, & Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! No more suffering, RIP John.

    Sincerely,
    Debbie & Frank “Salazar” Garcia Loveland, CO

  9. So sorry to hear about John’s passing . My thoughts are with everyone in the family.
    Go in peace knowing he is in a better place.

  10. Bea & Family

    we are so sorry for your loss.
    we send our thoughts and Prayers. Eternal rest grant to hi oh Lord.
    Irene Vasques and family

  11. Bea, Juanita, John and Matt
    our deepest condolences to your family.
    We have so many good memories our families shared together.
    May John rest in peace

  12. Our deepest condolences to Beatrice and to all the Olivas family. John will never be forgotten, Rest in peace our wonderful friend.Joe Dinah and all the Cordova family.

  13. Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking. May you find comfort in all the special memories shared with John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. In our hearts you will remain.
    Your wit, kindness, assigning new names to everyone you knew will be missed. Hope mom has tamales for you in heaven.

    Nina, Tom, Nate and Matt

  15. So sorry to hear about John. Enjoyed working with him at PSCO. He was such a nice man Our sympathy to the family.
    Ted and Janice Lind

  16. Our thoughts and prayers are with Johnny’s entire family.
    He fought the good fight and is finally at rest.
    Denny Whitehead
    Jan Thayer

  17. To many memories. Too much gratitude. Too many arguements. Too many laughs. Too much love to express here. I’ll keep them all in my mind and in my heart. Be at peace my brother, my mentor, my friend

    • May Uncle John rest in peace with grandma, grandpa, Ben & Gilbert. I’m sure they were waiting for him to come “home” to be with them. Now my daddy, Lawrence Olivas is the last of the “brothers-in-arms”.

  18. Beatrice. My deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband. I also want to extend my condolences to the rest of the family his children, Nina, Barbara and to Laurence. May his soul rest in peace.

  19. Bea, Juanita, Little John and Matt, I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Johnny. At least he is not suffering anymore and is with Grandpa, Grandma, Irene, Uncle Gebo and my Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Gina (Olivas)Gray

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