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Jack Oliphant


Jack Douglas Oliphant, 90, of Vinton, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, at the Hiawatha Care Center.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 East Sixth St. in Vinton. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral home on Friday. Graveside military rites will be conducted by Geo. G. Luckey American Legion Post 57, 40 & 8 Voiture and the U.S. Navy at Oliphant Cemetery, Center Point. A memorial fund has been established.
Jack was born Nov. 10, 1925, in Toddville, the son of James Douglas and Nellie Lucille Hagerman Oliphant. He graduated from Newhall High School in 1944. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1944 to 1946. After his service, he graduated from barber college in Cedar Rapids.
On April 4, 1948, Jack was united in marriage to Norma Jean Hart in Anamosa. She preceded him in death on Sept. 25, 2002.
Jack worked as a barber for 35 years and spent 17 years engraving monuments, retiring in 1988. Jack was a life member of the American Legion, affiliated with the Geo. G. Luckey American Legion Post 57 of Vinton and the 40 & 8 Voiture 625 Past Chef de Gare Club of Vinton. He also had been a past member of the Elks Club. Jack was a lapidarist, polishing and cutting stones to make jewelry. He and his wife raised and showed Arabian horses.
Jack is survived by one daughter, Deborah K. (Harlan E. Jr.) Koopman of Center Point; two sisters, Maxine Primmer of Center Point and Rita Rhodes of Le Grand; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one brother, Howard Oliphant; and his special pal, Topper.
Phillips Funeral Home in Vinton is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com.