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Michael Ray Olivier, 57, of Manhattan died Sunday, June 22, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan after a long, hard fought battle with cancer.

The family provided some of the following information.

He was born on Feb. 16, 1957, in Harper, the son of Francis and Patsy (Bear) Olivier.

He attended schools in the area and graduated from Argonia High School. Michael then attended Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson.

After Hutchinson Community College, he attended Kansas State University and earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting.

While attending Hutchinson Community College, he met his future wife Ronna Johnson.

On Dec. 29, 1977, in Hutchinson, they were united in marriage. She survives at their home in Manhattan.

Michael was an accountant at Sink, Gordon and Associates in Manhattan. He was a member of PAAK (Public Accountants Association of Kansas), and a former member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club. Michael was also a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Manhattan.

He was an avid sports fan. He loved golf, basketball and softball.

Michael enjoyed the Kansas State Wildcats sports teams. He loved purple and would have worn it every day if he could. When it was game day, Michael wore his purple and cheered hard for his Kansas State Wildcats.

Michael was preceded in death by his father in August of 1989.

In addition to his wife, Michael is also survived by his children, Nathan Olivier (Carrie Lane) of Winfield, Robin Franco (Jose`) of Omaha, Neb., Rachel Watkins (Grant) of Manhattan, and Dakota Olivier of Manhattan; also his mother, Patsy Olivier of Harper, and his two brothers, Marc Olivier (Darla) of Danville and Max Olivier of Wichita; and his two grandchildren, Ethan Michael Watkins and Michael Antonio Franco.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

Funeral Services for Mr. Olivier will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 115 Courthouse Plaza, in Manhattan, with the Rev. Paul J. Allen IV officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

The family encourages all who attend the visitation or funeral services to wear purple in memory of Michael’s love for the Kansas State Wildcats.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research at Kansas State University or to the Good Shepherd Hospice House.

Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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