Russell Leroy Overton
1927 - 2020
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On Memorial Day, May 25, 2020, Russell Leroy Overton passed peacefully with his loving wife, Jeannine and daughters by his side. Dad was born 4th of 6 children to Emma B.(Uhler) and Everett S. Overton in Sacramento, CA on a small farm in Robla. In January 1945 he and some High School friends, including Joseph R. Evans, Jr., were offered the opportunity to join the Navy and graduate early from Grant Union. Jumping at the chance, they were assigned to the USS Boise from April 1945 until July 1946. Dad was very proud of his service, always having a photo of the ship prominently displayed. Valentine's Day 1948 he met his beloved wife Jeannine Elliott on a blind date. They were married June 5, 1948 at Mission Santa Cruz with family and close friends attending. Dad and Mom had 4 daughters within 6 years. Soon after, an opportunity presented itself to work for Pacific Bell Telephone Co. through a friend of his father-in-law, George W. Elliott. Dad always took college classes applicable to his job in order to further his career. In 1965 Dad accepted a transfer to San Jose, CA where we all lived happily. In 1983 Dad retired with 34 years of service with AT&T and moved to Lake of the Pines in Auburn, CA where they joined many of their High School friends. They built a beautiful home and kept busy playing tennis, golf and swimming in the lake and enjoying their lifelong friends. They moved in 2002 closer to town and near St.Teresa of Avila Catholic Church where they were parishioners for many years. With Dad declining from Alzheimer's and Mom needing more help, we decided after 4 years of full-time care giving, we sisters could no longer fill this role, since none of us lived near. Only by the grace of God, our parents moved to Villa Siena in 2018, sponsored by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, near their daughter, JoyLynne Simoes and her husband Guy in Mtn. View, CA. Russell is survived by his wife of nearly 72 years, Jeannine E. Overton, daughters Sandra Zaffarano (Danny), JoyLynne Simoes (Guy) and Patrice Warner Mitchell (Rick), 7 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren and his High School friend, John Calderon. He was predeceased by his 2nd daughter Denise Noel Overton, parents Everett and Emma Overton, and all of his siblings; Lorraine Novak, Rowena Kirbyson, Kenneth Overton, Everett Overton,Jr. And Caroline Silva. A private service was held at Cusimano's Colonial Mortuary, Mtn. View, CA and he will be inurned at a later date at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in the Sacramento area. He will be greatly missed!

Rest In Peace, we love you
Published in Auburn Journal on Jul. 4, 2020.
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July 7, 2020
We were sad to read that Russ had passed recently. We were neighbors of Russ and Jeannine at Lake of the Pines for many years and were part of the golf community there. We enjoyed many fun times with them and their high school friends who also lived there. Much love to Jeannine as she adjusts to her new season of life.
Tom and Barbara Schuyler
Friend
July 4, 2020
I was the 'tom-girl' out of 4 daughters and used to work out in the yard with Dad. He was a talented landscaper who designed and did all of the work himself, including decks, lawn, trees, brickwork with help from friends. He took it for granted and didn't really feel it was a talent, but it was! You never wanted to get in trouble with Dad, because the punishment was fence painting and weeding the yard. I miss you Dad, but we will meet again in eternity, God willing.
Love,
Joy (Overton)Simoes
Joy L Simoes
Daughter
July 4, 2020
Blessings of peace to you Dad, as your Spirit continues, beyond the breath of earth existence! Thank you for sharing our 71 years of life together, as your oldest daughter...until our spirits unite once more~~~Forever in my heart❣ Sandee
Sandee Zaffarano
Daughter
July 4, 2020
Peace-filled Blessings to you Dad beyond breath Sending you love from a grateful heart, after sharing 71 years in our Father-daughter relationship❣Until we embrace again...I love youSandee (oldest daughter)
Sandee Zaffarano
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