OBITUARY ~ JAMES CHRISTIAN "JIM" OVERHOLTZER
December 30, 1924 ~ August 1, 2011
Jim OVERHOLTZER, 86, of Mount Ayr, passed away August 1, 2011 upon arrival to the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr with Rev. Chris
CONKLIN officiating. Burial is in the Grand River Cemetery. There will be military rites by Ringgold Post #172 American
Legion in Mount Ayr. Open viewing will be held at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home 205 West Monroe St Mount Ayr on Tuesday
from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Memorials are to the American Legion Ringgold Post #172 and First Christian Church, both in
Jim, son of Margaret GALE and Christian E. OVERHOLTZER, was born December 30, 1924 at Leon, Iowa. Jim
graduated from Grand River High School in 1942. Jim served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Elizabeth
"Betty" LONG on August 29, 1948. She passed away in 1981. He married Lila (REYNOLDS) RICHARDS on August 24, 1985.
Jim was a rural mail carrier for a while before becoming the Postmaster at the Grand River Post Office. Jim was a
member of Ringgold Post #172 American Legion and the Masonic lodge in Kellerton, Iowa.
Survivors include his wife Lila OVERHOLTZER of Mount Ayr; two sons Dan (Sanwa) OVERHOLTZER and Chris (Paula) OVERHOLTZER,
all of Washington state; 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; 1 niece Mary BROWN of Des Moines; 4 sisters-in-law
Mickey (Paul) DRAKE of Mount Ayr, Betty (Cecil) DAVENPORT of Mount Ayr, Olive DAVIS of Mount Ayr, and Lou (Steve) CHURCH
of Lees Summitt, MO.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Betty; daughter Janice OVERHOLTZER; sisters Yvonne BENGSTON and Emma ADAMS;
brothers-in-law Paul DAVIS, Junior REYNOLDS and Marvin REYNOLDS; and a nephew Kenny BROWN.
Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, August 10, 2011
OBITUARY ~ JAMES CHRISTIAN "JIM" OVERHOLTZER
James Christian OVERHOLTZER, 86 years old, was born December 30, 1924 in Leon, Iowa and passed
peacefully at home August 1, 2011 in Mount Ayr, Iowa. He was the only son of Christian Ellis and Margaret GALE OVERHOLTZER
of Grand River, Iowa. He graduated with the Grand River high school class of 1942. Jim served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
Upon returning from service, he was employed by John Deere in Waterloo and married Mary Elizabeth (Betty) LONG. They
raised their family of three children in Grand River, where Jim served as postmaster for over 30 years.
His wife, Betty,
preceded him in death in August of 1981. In August of 1985, Jim married Lila RICHARD of Kellerton in a service held in
Hawaii. They have lived in Ringgold county these past 26 years.
Jim was an active member of Topaz Masonic Lodge since 1946 and a member of American Legion Post #172.
His friends and
family knew him as an avid cribbage player and dancer who enjoyed few things more than a good laugh, often at his own
expense. He had a nearly endless number of friends from spending years as the friendly local postmaster, more years as
the go-fer for Lilac's Gift Shop, and a lifetime of taking part in community and family organizations and events --
Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Lions Club, various churches, coffee 'clubs, dance and card clubs (Grand River
pitch shack) and, most recently, congregate meals. He loved people and they returned the favor. His appreciation
was always shown by a hearty, "Thank you!"
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty OVERHOLTZER; two sisters,
Yvonne BENGSTON and Emma (Don) ADAMS; daughter, Janice C. OVERHOLTZER; nephew, Kenneth BROWN, and brothers-in-law, Marvin
and Junior REYNOLDS and Paul DAVIS.
He is survived by wife Lila Mae OVERHOLTZER of Mount Ayr,Iowa; sons Chris (Paula) and
Dan (SanWa) OVERHOLTZER, both of Washington; niece Mary BROWN of Des Moines, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; four
great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Olive DAVIS, Mickey (Paul) DRAKE, Betty (Cecil) DAVENPORT of Mount Ayr, Iowa
and Lou (Steve) CHURCH of Lee's Summit, Missouri, as well as many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Memorials are to the
First Christian Church and the American Legion Ringgold Post #172.
Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was
in charge of the arrangements.
Services were conducted at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr on Wednesday,
August 3, 2011, with Rev. Chris CONKLIN officiating. Musicians included Ginny EIGHMY, Kathy RINEHART and Rev. Terry
ROBERTS. Casket bearers were Joe JACKSON, Richard SCHWALBE, Marvin LESAN, Kelly RICHARDS, Mike SHIELDS, Justin AKERS
and John KLEIN. Honorary pallbearers were LBanks WILSON, Leroy BLESSMAN,Jerry MARLER, Duane GLICK, Duane BRAMMER, Gerold
WILLEY, Charles RICHARDS, Kenny JOHNSON, Duane POORE and Bob BURCHETT.
Military rites were by American Legion Ringgold
Post #172 and the Iowa Honor Guard Unit.
Jim was laid at rest in the Grand River Cemetery in Grand River.
Transcriptions by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2011
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