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YORKTOWN, VA - Colonel Landon F. "Jack" Overbey, USAF Retired, died on Sunday, April 20, 2014 in Yorktown, VA. A resident of York County since 1978, he was born in 1928 in Chatham, VA. He was raised in Danville, VA and was an Eagle Scout. He enlisted as a Private in the US Army Air Force on May 1, 1946 and retired as a Colonel in the United States Air Force on June 30, 1978. A veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, he flew 42 combat missions during the Korean War. His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf cluster, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and Air Medal with one Oak leaf cluster. Col Overbey was triple rated as a Command Pilot, Navigator and Radar Operator with over 5,580 hours as a pilot of eleven different types of aircraft including single engine propeller, twin engine propeller, four engine propeller, twin engine jet, six engine jet and the ten engine B-36 heavy bomber. Col. Overbey was a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the National War College. A proud member of the Strategic Air Command for fourteen years, he served as the Aircraft Commander/Instructor pilot of a Select Crew in the 9th Bomb Wing at Mt. Home AFB, ID for eight years and an Intelligence Staff officer with the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff at SAC Headquarters, Omaha, NB for six years. He was the Director of Targets for 7th Air Force in Vietnam for one year and then the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence for the United States Air Force, Europe for five years. His final assignment was as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence for Tactical Air Command at Langley AFB, VA for two years. After retirement Col. Overbey worked in the Defense Industry for another 14 years retiring again in Sept. 1992. During that time he was director of Hampton Roads Operations for Bunker Ramo, Allied Signal, Eaton Corporation, Contel and GTE. He enjoyed golfing, boating, and fishing. He was a 32nd Degree Mason of more than 50 years and a member of the American Legion and the Hampton Elks Lodge. Preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Anna S. Overbey; he is survived by his daughters Cynthia O. Owings of New Orleans, LA, Susan Soule and her husband Douglas of Bellingham, WA, and Sandra C. Overbey of Denver, CO; his sons Gregory A. Overbey and Jeffrey P. Overbey, both of Yorktown, VA; two grandchildren, Katie N. Overbey and Eric L. Overbey of Yorktown, VA; his brother in law John P. Spanogle and his wife Barbara J. Buffington of Dallastown, PA; five nephews, James L. Howard, Newark, DE , John R. Howard, Philadelphia, PA, Thomas L. Howard, Newark, DE, Dr. Joshua P. Spanogle, Stanford, CA and Seth W. Spanogle, Carlisle, PA. He is also survived by numerous cousins in VA, NC, CO and GA. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 PM on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the York County Fire/Rescue and Life Safety, P.O. Box 532 Yorktown, Virginia 23692 or a .
Published in Daily Press on Apr. 23, 2014
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