Clyde Lee Overholt: 1919-2012
June 22, 2012
Clyde Lee Overholt
Given the green light the “Old Iron Horse” left this world behind, headed to the Big Rock Candy Mountain in the sky.
Clyde Lee Overholt, age 92, passed away in Kremmling, Colo., on June 14, 2012, after a long period of declining health.
Clyde was born on Oct. 26, 1919, to Elsie and Otis Overholt, on their family farm near McAlester, Kansas. The fourth of eight children, Clyde was delivered at home by the local country doctor. Clyde grew up and attended school in McAlester.
At age 17, he moved to Azure, Colo., where he helped his sister Wilma run a boarding house for railroad section hands. When offered a job on the Rio Grande Railroad, he jumped at the opportunity. One of his first jobs was working with a welding crew replacing rails in the Moffat Tunnel. He retired as assistant road master in Kremmling after 41 years
In 1942 he was drafted into the army, and was shipped overseas and served with the 335th Army engineers during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
Before shipping out, he met and married his wife of 67 years – Bernice. They met in Kremmling and were married on Sept. 7, 1942, in Muskogee, Okla. Clyde was devoted to Bernice caring for her at home until she passed away in 2008 after a long battle with Alzheimers.
Clyde was active in the community church, served two terms on the city council in Kremmling, and was known for his biscuits and gravy served in a food wagon at the fairgrounds to raise money for the Grand County Historical Museum.
Tending to tomato plants, making pop-can airplanes and whirly gigs, oil painting, and making peanut brittle for family and friends at Christmas were just a few of the things he loved to do.
He was a generous, gentle, and compassionate man, a faithful husband, and a steadfast friend with a love for and devotion to family, nation and God. To those fortunate enough have known him, he was ever a ray of sunshine, always ready with a quip or joke and easy smile. He will be missed
He is survived by his daughters: Sharon Rieger (husband Hans) and Mary Williams, both of Grand Junction; his son Robert Lee Overholt (wife Sharyn) of Kremmling; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren; one sister and a sister-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the Kremmling Community Church. Interment immediately following at the Kremmling Cemetery.
Leave a condolence for the family, share a story about Clyde or add a photo to Clyde’s “Book of Memories” at http://www.grandcountymortuary.com.
Mark H. Shearon, Funeral Director, Grand County Mortuary, is in charge of arrangements. 970-725-9010