Oliver "Ollie" W. Joiner Jr., age 91 of Monroe IA, died Thursday, October 4, 2007 at Hospice of Pella Comfort
Funeral services for Mr. Joiner will be held on Saturday,
October 6, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Monroe United Methodist Church. Visitation for Mr. Joiner will be held on Saturday, October
6, 2007 one hour prior to the funeral service from 10 to 11 p.m. at the church.
The son of Oliver W. and Alice (Burton) Joiner
Sr., Ollie was born on April 16, 1916 at Nebraska City, NE. Ollie was a graduate from Nebraska City High School. On July 5,
1941, Ollie was united in marriage with Betty Knox at Rockport, MO. He proudly served his country during WWII as a member
of the Army Air Corps, Eighth Air Force, 364th Fighter Group. After returning from Europe he attended Peru State College.
Ollie later went on to attend Drake University where he received his Masters in Education. After starting his career as a
band teacher, Ollie moved on to become Superintendent of Schools for 27 years. He spent thirteen years as Superintendent
of the New Monroe School District.
His love for his country
continued long after the war when he authored a book, which included a compilation of historical stories about the men and
the mission of the 364th Fighter Group. He also served as the president, board member, and secretary of his fighter group
association. Another of Ollie's passions was his love for music. While he was serving overseas during the war, Ollie formed
"The Goldbricks," a dance band of enlisted men. Besides being and accomplished musician and cornet player, Ollie
wrote and arranged music for bands across the country. Ollie was a member of the Iowa High School Music Association, American
Legion, VFW, an the Christian Church of Griswold, IA.
left to honor his memory are his wife, Betty Joiner of Monroe, and his children: Judi McCright and her husband, Rex, of Omaha,
Nebraska; O. W. "Bill" Joiner III and his wife, Jan, of Las Vegas, Nevada; Clay Joiner and his wife, Pam, of Moberly,
Missouri; and Kris Ortale and her husband, Gary, of Coralville, Iowa; one sister, Thelma McIntyre of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; his
grandchildren: Robyn, Scott (Debbie), Lisa, Laura, Tony, Drew, Destiny, and O.W. "Blake" IV; two great-gradchildren:
Brandon and Brycen; and many nieces and nephews. Oliver was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers and sisters.