DeForest Harry James Overly, Sr. age 77, of DeForest, died peacefully after an illness on Sunday, August 14, 2011 at HospiceCare, Inc. in Fitchburg. He was born on May 10, 1934 in Sewickley Township, Westmoreland County, PA to John Richard and Edna (Bednar) Overly. He was employed by J.H. Findorff & Sons Construction Co., and worked with them until his retirement at the age of 67. Previously, he served in the United States Air Force from January 31, 1955 to January 30, 1963. On September 20, 1955 he was transferred from Texas to Truax Field, Madison, where he met Dorothy Elayne Klema of Ferryville. It was exactly three years from his date of transfer that he married Dorothy on September 20, 1958.
During his service with the U.S. Air Force, Harry received a Good Conduct Medal for service from 1955 – 1958 and the Air Force Longevity Service Award. He was also a proud member of Wisconsin Laborers Union Local 464. Harry was extremely popular and enjoyed throwing horseshoes, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer and time with his many friends and family members.
Harry is survived by his wife, Dorothy; eight of their nine children, Harry J. Overly, Jr. of Windsor, Rebecca Overly-Beld (fiancé, Eric Lingenfelter) of DeForest/Warrenton, OR, Richard Overly of Arlington, Cynthia (John) Sarac of Madison, Thomas (Sheri) Overly of Baraboo, Robert Overly of DeForest, Elizabeth “Susan” (Christopher) Herschleb of Columbus, and Michael (Janessa) Overly of Minocqua.
Grandpa will be dearly missed by his grandchildren, Harry J. (Erin) Overly, III, Melissa Overly (fiancé, J.R. Kirton), Jennifer Frye (Michael Connell), Christopher Beld (Brandi Stone), Cory Beld, Catherine Beld, Mary Lingenfelter, Stephanie Sarac, Katherine Sarac, Brittany Flaten, Todd Overly, Trenton Terrannova, Tarek and Teagan Herschleb, Michael, Toliver and Sylveia Overly; three great-grandchildren, Adsila Selph of Butte, MT, Madyson Sarac of Leeds and Holten Overly of Lake Mills.
Harry is further survived by a brother-in-law and best friend, John Gaska of Monona; brothers: John Overly of Greensburg, PA, Frank Overly of Connellsville, PA, James Overly of NY; sisters, Lydia (OD) Wilbanks of AL, Myrtle (Ernest) Wingard of Connellsville, PA, and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Donald John Overly; an infant grandchild, T.J. Beld; his mother and father in-law, Harold and Freda (Tower) Klema, his brothers and sisters, Gene Overly, Daniel Overly, Helen Miller, Mary Hollis, Edna Shaffer, Alice Marie Overly; his brothers-in-law, Philip Klema, David Shaffer, George Hollis, sisters-in-law, Carolyn Jeanne Gaska, Barbara Overly, Betty Overly, Sylvia Overly, Ruth Overly and many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.
We would like to especially thank all of the nurses on the 8th floor of St. Mary’s Hospital for their tremendous care and dedication.
We would also like to thank HospiceCare, Inc. for their care of our father in his final days.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, August 19, 2011 at 11 AM at ST. OLAF’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 623 Jefferson Street, DeForest with Father Roger Nilles presiding.
Burial will follow at St. Olaf’s Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be on Thursday, August 18, at Ryan Funeral Home, Windsor DeForest Chapel from 5 PM until 8 PM and again at church on Friday from 10 AM until the time of Mass.
Thank you, Dad, for always being there for us. It is now our time to be there for you. We love you and miss you dearly. You will always be in our hearts. We can see you in ourselves - your children, your grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Your legacy will always live on. We love you, Dad. Rest well, for you have earned it. With love, from all your children.