Ross John Oliveto of Jackson died Tuesday, March 5, 2013. He was 84.
Mr. Oliveto was born in Castlegate, Utah, Nov. 26, 1928, to the late Francis (Tallerico) and Dominic Oliveto.
Mr. Oliveto and his family moved to Amador County in 1934, when he was just 6 years old. He graduated from Sutter Creek High School. In 1956, he purchased his first business, The Union 76 gas station in Jackson. Ross would continue his entrepreneurship with the purchase a milk distribution company known as Amador Creamery and later, a beer and wine distribution, which is still in business today as Oliveto Distributing. He was a member of the Jackson City Council, Jackson Lyons, Italian Benevolent Society and American Legion Post 108.
Mr. Oliveto is survived by his companion, Donna Bagshaw, who has been a longtime family friend; three sons, Joe (Pam) Oliveto of Jackson, Jon (Lori) Oliveto of Jackson, David (Lorraine) Oliveto of Hathaway Pines; a daughter, Debra (Rick) Murdock of Sutter Creek; four step-children, Feanna Ishii of Japan, Shawn (Jowann) Hiykel of San Diego, Tonya (Michael) Stearman of Weaverville, Aaron Hiykel of Stockton; two sisters, May Andrews and Elvera Rhoades; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wives, Betty Oliveto in 1987 and Carma Oliveto in 2005, and a son, William Oliveto.
There will be a visitation for family and friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, and a funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at Daneri Mortuary Chapel in Jackson.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Amador & Calaveras. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book.