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Oliver Gregory, 94, of Cavalier, ND passed away Sunday, February 11. 2018 at the Pembilier Nursing Center, Walhalla, ND. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, February 16, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Brigid of Ireland Catholic Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Thursday, February 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Minnesota Special Olympics.
Oliver J Gregory was born in Fosston, MN on August 7, 1923 to Oliver and Sadie Flesch Gregory. He died February 11 in Walhalla, ND at the age of 94. He attended school in Fosston and graduated high school in Fisher, MN. Although financially things were difficult during that time he was blessed with wonderful and loving parents and brother. He asked his mother not to buy him that suit for graduation she had been saving for because later in the week, after graduation he and his brother Bob were to report to boot camp at Fort Snelling to start their service in the U.S. Army during WWII.
During his time in the army he served in Europe in the anti-aircraft division achieving the rank of sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
After the war he traveled to California to be with his girlfriend and soon to be wife, Susan Fournier from Red Lake Falls, MN, who worked at the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California. They spent several years enjoying California where he worked as a private security police officer.
They moved back to Minnesota to get married and start a family. They ran a dance hall and tavern at Key West, MN. He took a job as a salesman at Saul Motor Company in Crookston. Later the family moved to Grafton, ND where he became general manager at Kievel Ford. He later bought the Ford dealership in Cavalier opening Gregory Ford in 1959 where he would be active in the dealership for over 50 years. He was, as many would say, the ultimate super salesman. He was genuinely interested in people, their lives and the stories they had to tell. He made many loyal customers and friends during his time in Cavalier and enjoyed being part of the community. He was an active member of the Cavalier American Legion and St Brigid's Catholic Church.
Oliver's wife, Susan died in 1971. His son, John died at the age of 7 in 1966. He is survived by 3 sons, Mike and Mark (Barb) of Cavalier, and James of Fosston, MN. He has two grandchildren, Sarah (Alex) Jorgensen of Lino Lakes, MN and Jack (Bonnie) Gregory of Grand Forks, and good friend Delores Greenwood.
Dear Gregory Family, I am so sorry to hear of Oliver's passing. He was good to my family. Once my Dad was looking ata car on the lot. That afternoon, the car was in our driveway other the keys in it. Of coarse my Dad bought it. I always admired your Dad for his sales ability. My Mother had John and James in her preschool and she was always very fond of them. Your Dad was a character and he will be missed.
Sheila Sturlaugson Feb 19 2018 12:00 AM
So sorry for you loss. Oliver will be missed greatly...he made so many of our days special with his sense of humor and kind soul. I can't count the times he tried to sell me a car!! Please stay in touch we will miss you all.
Debra Fraser Feb 15 2018 12:00 AM
My sympathy to the family. Many fond memories of him with my mom and dad.
Diane Quam Sander Feb 14 2018 12:00 AM
Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Barb Kearns Feb 14 2018 12:00 AM
Mike & Mark, I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My Thoughts and Prayers are with you. May your father Rest In Peace.
Steve Eccles Feb 14 2018 12:00 AM
Dear Mike, Mark and John, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers in the death of your Dad. May Oliver have eternal peace and joy with our loving God. His legacy of love lives on in all of you. Fr. TIm Bushy
Fr. Tim Bushy Feb 14 2018 12:00 AM
Mark Olson took the words out of my mouth with his colorful and accurate description of Oliver. I bought my first car, a 1966 Galaxie 500, from him and enjoyed doing business at Gregory Ford thereafter. RIP Oliver. Our sympathy to Mike and family, Mark and Barb and James.
Mary Lou & Jim Sott Feb 13 2018 12:00 AM
Oliver and Neil did so enjoy each other's company , hope they meet in heaven
Charlotte Fleming Feb 13 2018 12:00 AM
Mark and Barb, Mike and family, Our sincere sympathy to you at the loss of your father. May your memories give you comfort.
Tom & Rita Vaughn Feb 13 2018 12:00 AM
Shocked to hear that one of the characters in my story (and I'm sure in the stories of everyone who ever met him) is gone. I'll remember him as burly and vital and loyal and funny and outrageous and unique.
Dr Mark Olson Feb 13 2018 12:00 AM