Felix "Phil" Charles Overton passed away Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Seasons Hospice at the age of 80.
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He was born to Frederick and Dorothy Overton on March 30, 1933, in Eyota. He grew up attending various schools in the area, ending at Wabasha High School. He then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp fighting in the Korean War. Phil had many different jobs, but his love was over-the-road truck driving. After 54 years on the road, he retired from Kautz Trucking in Pine Island.
Phil was also a member of Community Presbyterian Church in Rochester. Phil was married and had four children with Carol (Dahl) Kraemer. Later, he married Beverly (Skelly) Overton and they had two children together. In October 1979, Phil married Linda (Henderson, Smith) Overton and her two daughters. They were together 34 years and had one son together.
Phil also enjoyed bartending, watching all sports on TV, western movies and novels. He also loved playing cards and especially cribbage with Ally Schmidt. In his last few months, he enjoyed putting together jig-saw puzzles. Most important in his life was love for his family.
Phil is survived by his wife, Linda and their children, David Overton, Poway, Calif.; Joanne Overton, Tomah, Wis.; Andy Overton and Angela Smith both of Minneapolis; Chuck (Teresa) Kraemer, Barb (Jamie) Rolstad, Nicole Smith and adopted daughter, Nancy Galligo, all of Rochester; Dianne (David) Hart, St. Charles; Evie (Mark) Malotke, Winona; Phill (Deidre) Overton, Fountain City, Wis.; and Christopher Overton, Moose Lake. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Charlie (Samantha) Kraemer and their children, Brayden and Makayla; Nicole Kraemer Baldwin and her children, Chetan and Hallee; Zoe Kraemer; Katie Rolstad; Heather and Jacob Hart; Alexandra (Anthony) Jones; Michael Morrill; Jayce, Colton and Kaydee Overton; and adopted granddaughter, Carrie Bauman; brothers and sisters, Robert (Shirley) Overton; Richard Overton; David Overton; Alice Hanson; Nancy Gusa; Bonnie Stewart; and Betty (Leonard) Skelly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and one sister.
A memorial service will be held at Community Presbyterian Church, 3705 55th St. N.W. (across from Sam's Club) on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. Lunch will follow the service.
There will not be a reviewal as Phil made a whole body donation the Mayo Clinic - Rochester. The family will be available at the church one hour prior to the service.
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Nov. 11, 2013