FT. CAMPBELL, KY – Oliver Bandeff came to life with a cry and a smile on October 16th, 2008, at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. The intrepid son of Wallace and Janet Bandeff, Oliver joined an Army family bringing him to many locations including Missouri, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee and countless other places. He lived to work hard enjoying the precious time spent with his grandparents (James & Darlene Bandeff and Joe & Tami Aerts) cutting firewood, tending animals, gardening, and shoveling snow. Oliver enjoyed exploring National Parks, camping, skiing, hiking, biking, playing baseball, chasing neighbor friends with Nerf guns, and creating intricate Lego settings. He was the best big brother to his sister, Leah. He shared his time playing with his sister, homeschooling with his mom, and always greeting his dad at the end of the workday with a grin and a helping hand. Oliver lived with joy despite facing persistent challenges like diabetes and military life. His life was lived in full, even until his final moments. In his last hours he camped along Lake Superior, explored waterfalls and lighthouses, kayaked, picked strawberries, and went for one last tractor ride with his dad. Oliver passed suddenly into God’s warm embrace after succumbing to a heart anomaly on July 1st, 2019. God’s hand guided Oliver in life and death.
Oliver will be greatly missed by his parents, sister, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends throughout the country. He continues to serve God working cheerfully in Heaven without being encumbered by Type 1 Diabetes. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (www.jdrf.org).
A funeral service was held Saturday with Nickel Funeral Home, Morrison, assisting the family. Please visit www.nickelfh.comto send condolences to the family.