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The Reverend Donald E. Overton

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Overton, The Reverend Donald E.,

Age 81, departed this life on October 7, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Idona, two daughters Stephanie Smith (Jimmy) and Gina Marie Overton, two grandsons Jimmy Smith (Jessica) and Jake Smith, and a month old great- grandchild Cooper James Smith. He is survived by four brothers: twin Dale Overton (Vi), Bill Cotant (Pam), Rick Cotant (Marilyn) and Mike Cotant (Vonnie) and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Brother Jimmy Cotant preceded him in death.

Don was ordained in 1960 and worked as a parish priest for most of his evangelistic ministry. He was beloved for his healing pastoral care. He served Episcopal churches in Nebraska, Kansas and North Carolina. In his retirement he was a supply priest in Kentucky and Indiana. Early in his ministry Don was a chaplain at St. John's Military School in Kansas and from there felt called to be an army chaplain during the Vietnam war. ( He fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a paratrooper.) His 21 year military duty included stateside tours in California, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, and Kentucky. He served two years overseas in Vietnam and three years in Germany. While he was stationed at Fort Knox, his two daughters attended the University of Kentucky and when they graduated they became Kentucky residents.

When Don retired in 2001, he and Idona moved back to Kentucky to be near family. Don was born in Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska. He later did advanced degree studies at the University of Nebraska, Columbia University in New York City, and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He was an avid Nebraska football fan and often watched the games with other members of the Kentuckiana Cornhusker Club. Don was a local leader and supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. One of his happiest moments was when his grandson Jake Smith achieved Eagle Scout. He regularly attended the retired Episcopal clergy lunch group. He was an active member of the Jefferson County Republicans. He was twice elected to serve as a Republican National Convention delegate: once from North Carolina and once from Kentucky. He and Idona loved to travel and especially favored their impromptu get-aways. Their motto was "Where is the sun shining? Let's go there". The ongoing support and prayers of our family, friends, neighbors, and the members of Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church are appreciated. We would also like to thank the entire oncology team and the staff of Baptist East Hospital for their dedicated service. And in the final days...thank you, Hosparus Health.

His Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM Wednesday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 2233 Woodbourne Avenue. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at Pearson's, 149 Breckinridge Lane.

Memorial contributions to honor the memory of Father Don may be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Choir Fund.
Published in The Courier-Journal from Oct. 9 to Oct. 11, 2017
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