John Fletcher Overholtzer entered eternal life on August 4, 2020. John was the only son of Floyd M. and Ava Hill Overholtzer. He was born April 17, 1934 at home on the farm, which has been in the Overholtzer family for over 100 years.
John attended school at Tingley, graduating in 1952. He farmed and worked various jobs until he was drafted and then served in the U.S. Army from April 1954 until December 1955. Most of his service time was spent in Germany helping with reconstruction of the country after the war.
John married Mary Catherine Quick in June of 1958 at the Redding Methodist Church. They established their home on the family farm. One son was born to this union, John Alan.
John was a substitute rural mail carrier for many years. In 1979, he was appointed regular carrier for Tingley, Ellston, and Beaconsfield. He was noted for his punctuality and for taking mail to the door for many elderly patrons.
The highlight of his life was the birth of his grandchildren: Christian in 1993 and Christiana in 1997. He loved spending time with them, and they loved jumping in the old red pickup to help with chores, go fishing, check the cows, or go to the grocery store in town for a treat. He attended as many of their school and sporting activities as possible. He was very proud when they graduated from college and began working in their chosen fields.
John loved the farm and farm animals. He tried to always use good conservation practices and cared for the land and animals the best he could. This included taking out the 2019 crop and partnering with his son for over 40 years. He was a member of the Tingley Methodist Church, VFW, and was a charter member of the Tingley Lions Club. He was civic-minded and over the years worked on many projects to help keep Tingley vibrant.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, sisters Arlene and Cleone Johnson Hosfield, brothers-in- law Dean Johnson, Kenny Hosfield, Lyle Quick, Dale Quick, and Ron Tull.
He is survived by his wife Mary, his son, John A., and daughter-in-law Mary K., his grandchildren Christian John and Christiana Hart. He is also survived by his sister Ava Jenesse and her husband Howard Tull, sisters-in-law Jean Tull and Jeannette Quick. Also nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Memorials are to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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