Calvin Ernest Overbeek

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LANCASTER – Calvin Ernest Overbeek was born Feb. 20, 1943, to Ernest Overbeek and Myrtle (Weener) Overbeek.
He died Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.
He graduated from Creston High School, Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1961. He married Nancy Sporre and they had two children, Eric Overbeek and Heidi Overbeek.
After several years working as a carpenter, Calvin followed a call from Jesus Christ into the ministry. He graduated from the Central Christian College of the Bible with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology in 1970, and from Lincoln Christian Seminary with a Master of Arts in Counseling in 1978. Calvin pastored with the Churches of Christ for five years.
Calvin was an avid outdoorsman. He was happiest when swimming, camping, boating, scuba diving and rock hounding. He moved to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., where he worked for the Department of Corrections and he married April Wolfe in 1988. In 1989 he moved to Valdez, Alaska, to continue exploring the extreme north. He earned a Certificate in Fisheries from Valdez Community College in 1991. Calvin worked in a fishery and as a Developmental Aid Worker. He retired at 52 to explore the towns and remote villages, delighting in the wildlife and wilderness of Alaska.
He was active with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) in Hawaii, the U.S. Center for World Missions in California, Youth for Christ and Wycliffe in Florida. He moved to Lancaster to volunteer as an accountant at JAARS (Jungle Aviation and Radio Services) in Waxhaw, N.C.
Calvin spent the remainder of his years in the Carolinas, enjoying gardening and kayaking, and exploring God's wonderful creation. He remained a dreamer, adventurer and a free spirit.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in the Gordon Funeral Chapel, 1904 Lancaster Ave., Monroe, N.C. Burial will follow in Lakeland Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 1-2:25 p.m. at the funeral home.
He is survived by wife, the Rev. April Wolfe of Lancaster; son, Eric Overbeek (Charity) of Durham, N.C.; daughter, Heidi Overbeek (Cindy Perriotti) of Lake Charles, La.; grandchildren, Brandon, Britney and Brooke Overbeek, and Ashante Pierrotti; brothers, Ross Overbeek (Joan Kalmek) Chicago, Ill., and Brad Overbeek (Coco); sisters, Joellyn Kieren of Grant, Mich., Margo Van Offen of Holland, Mich., and Robin (David) Henning of Traverse City, Mich.; and Calvin's two dogs, Scamp and Scooter Marie.
He was blessed with true friends all around the world and spent many hours with his friends at the Buford Variety Stop Café.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Humane Society of Lancaster, S.C., or even better, adopt a dog and love it in honor of Calvin Overbeek.
Online condolences may be made at Gordon Funeral Service and Crematory is caring for the Overbeek family.
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Published in The Lancaster News on Oct. 7, 2018