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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, Colorado on June 14, 2012 after a long period of declining health.
Clyde was born October 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 he grew up and attended school there in McAlester.
At age 17, he moved to Azure, CO 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 med in Kremmling and were married September 7, 1942 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Clyde was devoted to Bernice caring for her at home until she passed away in 2008 after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
Clyde was active in the community church, served two terms on the city council in Kremmling, was known for his biscuits and gravy, served in a food wagon at the fair grounds to raise money for the Grand County Historical Museum.
His tomato plants, pop can airplanes, oil painting, whirly gigs, and making peanut brittle for family and friends at Christmas were just a few of the things he loved to do.
A generous, gentle, and compassionate man, a faithful husband, and a steadfast friend, a love for and devotion to family, nation and God. To those fortunate enough to know 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: 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 3 great, great grandchildren: 1 sister, and a sister in-law, nieces and nephews.
Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 11:00am, Kremmling Community Church
My deepest condolences to Clydes Family. He use to come to my parents, Clyde and Bernice Perkins house in Tabernash, Colorado, To use the Rail Road Phone. The 2 Clydes would visit and get the Rail Road to running the way they thought. Then they would go to work.. Oh for the good Ole days.
Patricia Perkins Shockey Jul 13 2012 12:00 AM
June 20, 2012 Clyde & my dad were old ARMY BUDDIES, and oh the stories they could tell! Clyde & Bernice spent quite a bit of time at our house in years past. What a wonderful couple. Cherish the memories. ~ Connie Millsap Kelley, Meeker, Colorado | June 19, 2012 What a Great American! A Hero of mine. Flag Day will always be Your Day. I can hear the Train going down the Tracks and see you over Gore Pass. ~ Jerry Felkins, Floresville, Texas | June 18, 2012 Clyde and Bernice always welcomed the "Omaha" Dare family when we came to their house. Always the joker, Clyde was Howard's favorite uncle. Memories of the time we spent together will be held in my heart. ~ Kathy Dare, Bellevue, Nebraska June 17, 2012 I loved Uncle Clyde. He was an important part of my life and provided many memories from the time I was born until now. He was a kind man, he cared about people, and loved a good joke. He left a wonderful legacy for all of his family. ~ Virginia Helwick-Jackson, Greeley, Colorado
mark shearon Jun 21 2012 12:00 AM
He was my best Army buddy. We used to go on a lot of passes together. He hosted our first Army reunion in Colorado in the 1960s. Glad we got to see him at the reunion in 2008. He will be greatly missed.
Delmar & Ardith Bull, Dysart, Iowa Jun 16 2012 12:00 AM