Ralph Lynn Oliver

Ralph Lynn Oliver

Ralph Lynn Oliver

VOORHEESVILLE — Ralph Lynn Oliver, who loved cars and could fix anything, died on Thursday, April 14, at his home in Voorheesville surrounded by family.

Born in Albany in 1950, he was the son of the late Chester B. and Betty Oliver. From an early age, he built and raced cars and helped with his father’s excavating business. He continued with the family business until he retired.

Mr. Oliver served honorably in the Army in Vietnam.

“Throughout his life, Ralph was happiest around family and spending time in his garage working on cars,” his family wrote in a tribute. “There was nothing he couldn’t fix using his creative and extensive skill set. The good Lord took one of the finest too soon.

“Ralph was a quiet, gentle soul with a depth that belied his quiet nature. He was a tremendous father, brother, and grandpa. Ralph was truly one of a kind and will be missed tremendously.”


Ralph Lynn Oliver is survived by his siblings, Patty Peitro and her husband, Danny, and Raymond Oliver; by his children, Tyler Oliver and his wife, Cynthia, Michael Oliver and his wife, Kristina, and Tobias Oliver and his wife Alex; and by his grandchildren, Emersyn, Connor, Blake, Maxine, Jackson, Owen, and Luke Oliver. 

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Reilly & Son Funeral Home in Voorheesville from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19. Burial will be Wednesday, April 20, at 11 a.m. in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Guilderland.

A special thanks to the nurses at Community Hospice and to his sister, Patty Peitro, for all the care he received.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 2 Pine West Plaza #202, Albany, NY 12205 or to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave, Menands, NY 12204.

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