John Okie/Hogpen Olney was in the 1st Platoon 1969


John Edward Olney, 67, died Sunday, July 23, 2017 at the Northwest Texas Healthcare Systems Hospital in Amarillo, TX.

He was born in Guymon, OK on March 6, 1950, the son of Edward Neal and Doris M. (Cain) Olney.

He attended school in Guymon and Tyrone, OK . John served in the United Starts Army from 1968 to 1971.

He enjoyed woodworking, sewing, cooking and researching the history of the Civil War.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association, Modern Woodsmen and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

John worked for Liberal Gasket for many years as a machinist.

Survivors: 1 son: Nathan Olney Gloucester, MA.

3 Brothers James Olney and wife Sherry Pelion, SC
Zack Olney and wife Pamela Glen Burnie, MD
Paul Olney and wife Candice Aiken, SC
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation has taken place and private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be given to the wounded Warriors Project in care of Brenneman Funeral Home, 1212 West 2nd., Liberal, KS 67901.

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Okie was one of the first tankers I met when I arrived in the Cav and went to the field. His TC, Pigpen, was a close friend of my TC, Groovy, perhaps because they were both from San Francisco. Okie was a quiet guy with a mysterious smile, but friendly and approachable. He still remembered me when we met in DC in '05. I always valued him as a solid guy. I was pretty sad when I learned of his passing. His TC, Pigpen passed in the late 90's before we hooked up as a unit again. So the first 2 tankers I knew are gone. Sigh.

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