September 30, 1939 - May 26, 2022
Jerald Franklin “Jerry” Overton, Sr., 82, of Decatur, passed away May 26, 2022 at home surrounded by family. Jerry was born in Pana, Illinois, on September 30, 1939, the son of Benjamin and Helen (Lipe) Overton. He was born in Pana but was raised in Decatur. He graduated from the last class of the old Decatur High School in 1957. He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Webb, on January 27, 1957. He had a long and varied career. He was a dental technician for Dr. Pritzer, a salesman and owner for Rusk Appliance, District Manager for McGreevy Company in Oakbrook, IL, owner of Freeman’s TV and Appliance, sales rep for Jan-San Supply, and driver for Jackson Ford and Miles Chevrolet. He was deeply involved in his community and was on the board of Webster-Cantrell Hall for 40 years, an Eagle Scout, President of Jaycees, a member of Kiwanis, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, a member of Decatur Homebuilders Association (“Home Wreckers”), former lay minister for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, former 32nd degree Mason, and a Shriner. Jerry was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where he attended Thursday morning Bible Study. Jerry loved to work, and even in his free time he enjoyed cleaning his cars and doing lawn work. Jerry never met a stranger. He loved talking to people about everything. He was very proud of all his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and their accomplishments. He never missed one of their many events. Jerry is survived by his wife Barb; son Jerry (Amy) Overton Jr. of Clinton, IL; daughters Pam (Rick) Minton of Cerro Cordo, IL and Melissa Bolt of Mt. Zion, IL; sister Fausta Lynn (Steve) Bridgman of Roswell, GA; brother-in-law Denny (Sheila) Webb; niece Nancy; nephew Merle; grandchildren Lindsey (Chris), Amanda, Lexi (Seth), Ryan (Sami), Molly (Nick), Drew (Taylor), Jacob (Miranda), and Matthew; great-grandchildren Lainey, Gage, Hunter, Haylee, Jayden, Bradley, Rylee, Tenley, Harper, and Theo; and 2 great-grandsons on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Mark, daughter Jennifer, brother Jim (Ray), and niece Sherry. The family would like to thank Dr. Rademacher, Dr. Wade, and the whole Cancer Care staff for his last years of care. Visitation for Jerry will be held from 5pm to 8pm on Tuesday, May 31 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Funeral service will be at 10am on Wednesday, June 1, also at St. Paul’s Lutheran. Burial at Graceland Cemetery will follow the service. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or Cancer Care Specialists of Decatur. Condolences may be shared with the family at Graceland Fairlawn Funeral Home’s website, www.gracelandfairlawn.com.
Jerald Franklin “Jerry” Overton, Sr., 82, of Decatur, passed away May 26, 2022 at home surrounded by family. Jerry was born in Pana, Illinois, on September 30, 1939, the son of Benjamin and Helen (Lipe) Overton. He was born in... View Obituary & Service Information
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