Donald Edward Oliphant Sr., 77

Donald Edward Oliphant Sr., 77, passed away in the care of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Del., on Aug. 21, 2018. He was born on March 12, 1941, in Millsboro, Del., to the late Edward E. Oliphant and Delaphine Mitchell Oliphant.

Oliphant was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and spent a career as a poultry farmer, and also retired from work as a truck driver for Perdue Farms Inc. On Nov. 9, 1962, he married his true love, Carol Ann Fisher, and together they raised two children.

He loved to tease and was a jokester, loving to tell stories and picking on his wife and children — all in fun. He used to hunt, fish and birdwatch, and he loved to read Western books. He was dedicated to his family — especially his wife and kids. He loved to say that he married “the girl next door across the field, after she threw herself in front of his car!” (which might not have been true…).

In addition to his parents, Oliphant was preceded in death by a brother, Darrell Oliphant, in 1961. He also was preceded by two loving pets, Raven and Nellie. He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann; two children, Donald Oliphant Jr. and his wife, Donna of Lewes, Del., and Jo Ann Callaway and her husband, Todd, of Lenexa, Kansas; his sisters, Norma Lee Short, Becky Evans, Sherry Shultie and her husband, Jeff, Lavessa Dennis and her husband, Ricky, and Peggy Jalot and her husband, Rick; his brothers, Ronnie Oliphant and his wife, Patricia, Vaughn Oliphant, Richard Oliphant and his wife, Carol Sue, Douglas Oliphant, Jeffrey Oliphant and his wife, Libby, and Dennis Oliphant and his spouse, Peter; six grandchildren, Sean, Greg, Randy, Jenna, Josh and Danielle; six great-grandchildren, Brody, Jack, Ava Grace, Mason, June and Ava Mackenzie; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members, and many, many friends.

Services were to be held Aug. 25, 2018, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, officiated by the Rev. Eddie Daniel. Committal with military honors was set for Aug. 27, 2018, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at