Oliver “Ollie” Fiddler

July 1, 1933-May 9, 2019

Oliver “Ollie” Joseph

Fiddler, age 85, of Minot,

ND, passed May 9, 2019.

Oliver was born to Da-

vid and Elmire (Vondale)

Fiddler, July 1, 1933, in

Hoey, Saskatchewan, Ca-

nada. He graduated high

school in Prince Albert,

Saskatchewan, Canada.

He married Patricia Frost

on July 27, 1953, and they

lived together in Prince

Albert and Saskatoon,

Saskatchewan and Minot,

ND. Together they raised

6 children.

Ollie worked for NSP

and SRT as a technician

until his retirement. He

belonged to IBEW, Eagles

and Knight of Columbus.

Ollie was an exception

athlete. His love of cur-

ling, golf, hockey, broom-

ball and Fastpitch softball

are well documented. He

was one of the best pitch-

ers that ever played the

game. His talents were

displayed all across Cana-

da and the Midwest Unit-

ed States for decades.

Wherever his family trav-

els, there is always some-

one who asks about Ollie.

They all have fond and

happy memories of Ollie

on the mound. Ollie loved

his fans, especially his

number 1 fan, Patricia.

Fans by the hundreds and

sometimes thousands

would come to Roosevelt

Park and South Hill dia-

monds to watch Ollie and

his teammates play some

of the greatest games ever

played. The rivalries were

intense but the friend-

ships made were for a life-

time. He is a true Legend.

Ollie was inducted into

the ND Softball Hall of

Fame and the Prince Al-

bert Sports Hall of Fame.

He was also named Pitch-

er of the decade in ND for

his performance in the

1970’s. He started pitch-

ing at the age of 8 and at

the age of 14 started pitch-

ing at the highest level of

competition. He and his

teammates won numerous

Canadian provincial and

ND state championships.

He has many tournament

MVP honors.

He leaves as his legacy:

4 children, Gary Fiddler

(Robin), Sandra Fiddler,

Penny Fiddler and Tho-

mas Fiddler, 13

Grandchildren and 14

Great-Grandchildren. He

also leaves to cherish his

memory 2 siblings, Broth-

ers Leonard and Pete Fid-

dler. His children

remember him as a

wonderful Dad, loving

Husband and a true Gen-


He was preceded in

death by: his Parents,

Daughter Brenda Fiddler,

Daughter Cindy Fiddler,

Son Gregory Fiddler,

Brother Adrian (Eddie)

Fiddler, Brother Herman

Fiddler, Brother Ronald

Fiddler, Brother Lawrence

Fiddler and Brother Al-

burn Fiddler, Grandson

Austin Fiddler and Grand-

son Jaden Meyers.

Our Family thanks our

Sister Penny for giving up

her career to take care of

Dad and Mom. She is an

angel sent by the Lord for

her sacrifices. Dad and

Mom have received the

greatest care and unself-

ish love by our Sister. She

is the most wonderful per-

son any family could ask


The family would also

like to thank Trinity Hos-

pital and Nursing Home

for care given during

Oliver’s last days. We also

thank Thompson-Larson

Funeral Home for their

services and the many

years of sponsorship of

Ollie’s softball teams.

Mass of Christian Buri-

al: Thursday, May 16,

2019, at 10:30 a.m. at St.

John the Apostle Catholic

Church, Minot, ND. Fa-

ther David Richter will of-

ficiate the ceremony. A re-

ception will follow at the


Interment: Rosehill

Memorial Park, Minot,


Visitation: Wednesday

from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. fol-

lowed by a Vigil Prayer

Service and Recitation of

the Holy Rosary at 5:00

p.m. at Thompson-Larson

Funeral Home, Minot, ND

Memorials: The family

requests that memorials

be made to the family for

continued health care of

his loving Wife Patricia.

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