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John E. “Jack” Overmyer

February 27, 1917 — August 5, 2010

John E. (Jack) Overmyer, 93, of 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield, MA, died at his home Thursday. He was a lifelong resident of Marshall County until moving to Massachusetts, where his sons live, in 2009.

He was born February 27, 1917, in Culver, the son of Ora and Augusta Samuel Overmyer, and grew up on the family farm near Burr Oak. He graduated from Culver High School in 1935.

He married Alberta E. Hepler on May 3, 1941, in Plymouth. She died in February 2000. Mr. Overmyer lived at Pretty Lake from 1946 until moving to Miller’s Assisted Living in Plymouth in 2008. He moved to Melbourne Place Assisted Living residence in Pittsfield in 2009.

Mr. Overmyer worked for more than 40 years in the automobile radiator manufacturing business, and was a plant executive for the McCord Radiator Co. in Plymouth and the Modine Manufacturing Co. in LaPorte. He retired in 1983.

He served in the U.S. Army from December 1942 through October 1945, first in a coastal artillery unit in Virginia, then with the 32nd Ordinance Medium Maintenance Company in the Third Army in Europe, achieving the rank of Technician 5th Class as a vehicle repair specialist.

He was a member of the First United Church of Christ in Plymouth, where he had served as a deacon and elder. He had also been a Boy Scoutmaster and a Plymouth Junior League baseball coach.

He enjoyed fishing and boating while at Pretty Lake, in addition to reading, especially about sports and American history. He was very knowledgeable about Marshall County history. He had been a Chicago Cubs fan since the 1930s.

Mr. Overmyer is survived by a brother, Irvin Overmyer of Carol Stream, IL; two sons, James and his wife Ellen Weiden of Lenox, MA, and David and his wife Carolyn of Mattapoisett, MA; and four grandchildren, Matthew in Lenox, Michael and Maryanne in Mattapoisett, and Peter in Brooklyn, NY, as well as two nephews and three nieces.

Friends may call from 4 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home 1100 N. Michigan St. Plymouth. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the First United Church of Christ, 321, N. Center St. Plymouth where friends may call after 10 a.m.

Burial will follow in the New Oakhill Cemetery with military honors provided by American Legion Post 27, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1162 and the DAV.

Donations may be made in Mr. Overmyer’s memory to the First United Church of Christ in Plymouth and to the Marshall County Historical Society.
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