David E. Overcash

David E. Overcash

February 26, 1946- February 10, 2021

David E. Overcash, 74, of 85 Village Drive, Stroudsburg, passed away on Wednesday morning, February 10th, at home after a long battle with multiple myeloma.

Born on February 26, 1946 in Waynesboro, to the late Bessie (Wilders) Morris and Merle Overcash: he is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia (Haugh) Overcash. Also surviving are three sons: Brian (Stacey) of Ocala, FL; Mark (Theresa) of Stroudsburg, and Erik (Allison) of Wilmington, DE; six grandchildren Alex, Evan, Adam, Madison, Owen, and Olivia; three sisters Beverly DeHart, Wanda Lynch of Waynesboro, and Robin Midyett of Elgin, TX. He was predeceased by a brother, William.

Some of his greatest joys in life were coaching and watching his children and grandchildren participate in sports as well as spending time with them hunting, fishing, golfing, along with family vacations.

A 1964 graduate of Waynesboro High School, he attended Trenton State College and Mississippi State University and was a 1971 graduate of Ross Leffler School of Conservation.

He was a veteran of the US Air Force and the Vietnam War, serving in support units at Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam, and U-Tapao Air Field Thailand during "Operation Rolling Thunder" in 1966-1967. He received many medals including the Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Dave began his career with the Pennsylvania Game Commission in 1970 as Wildlife Conservation Officer trainee. After graduation with the 14th class from Ross Leffler School of Conservation in 1971, he was assigned to serve as a District Wildlife Conservation Officer in the southern district of Monroe County. In 1992 he was promoted to Chief of Bureau Law Enforcement Technical Services Division in the Commission's Harrisburg headquarters. He was promoted to Director of the Bureau of Law Enforcement in 2001 and oversaw the enforcement activities of the Game Commission's 135 District Officers and more than 600 Deputy Wildlife Officers before retiring in 2003.

He was a member and lifetime supporter of the VFW Post 695, Waynesboro, PA; American Legion Post 15, Waynesboro, PA; BPOE Elks Lodge 319 East Stroudsburg, PA, a lifetime member of the Conservation Law Enforcement Chief's Association, lifetime member of the National Game Warden Museum and the Conservation Officer Officers of Pennsylvania Association; the National Wildlife Federation, as well as the United States Golf Association.

He was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stroudsburg and previously a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Boiling Springs, PA. He was the church coordinator of Meals on Wheels, Boiling Springs. Dave also served as a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program. He was a volunteer plant and animal observer in South Middleton Township area for the USA National Phenology Network and he participated in various bird population studies for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 24th, at 1:00PM at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, PA with Rev. Kevin Stout officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 111 Walnut Street, Boiling Springs, PA 17007 or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.


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Published by Carlisle Sentinel on Feb. 17, 2021.
Funeral service
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
, Annville, Pennsylvania
Funeral services provided by:
William H. Clark Funeral Home, Inc.
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Pat, I am so sorry to read about your Husbands passing. I'm pretty sure that we are Cousins. My father was William Talbert Haugh,Sr. We lost touch after my father passed away. Please reach out to me when you have the opportunity. I have been searching for you for years (after my phonebook got lost in moving)
Mary (HAUGH) Evans
February 20, 2021
Dave was a high school friend of ours that we will miss very much.. He and Pat were one of the couples we hung out with in our teen years. My deepest sympathy goes out to Pat and family. Rest in Peace Dave.
Sandi (Combs) Colwell
February 17, 2021
A good friend since High School. A great guy with a calm demeanor. So easy to have a good time when with Dave. He will always be remembered with fond memories! May God grant Pat and family peace and comfort!
Mel Colwell
February 17, 2021
David was a great Man, Conservation Officer (boss), Friend, and fellow Air Force Brother.
Andrew Milazzo (Deputy)
February 17, 2021
I knew Dave since 1972 when I arrived at the old Stroudsburg Barracks as a young Trooper. He was a frequent visitor to the station and a friend.
Tom Jones
February 17, 2021
So sorry for your loss Dave and my father where very good friends over the years he was he game warden
February 16, 2021
Pat and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Dave was a wonderful person. I will miss him when I visit Pat. I always enjoyed our conversations when I visited.
February 16, 2021
Just a wonderful man with a wonderful family. One of a kind. He fought a good fight. He is sorely missed.
February 16, 2021
RIP to one of my best friends growing up. I will always remember all the good times we had together. May god bless your family.
Bill Kriner
February 16, 2021
I am deeply sorry for your loss Pat and family. I have fond memories of growing up next door on Morningside Ave. It always made my heart smile knowing you both and my parents kept your friendship through all these years. Love, Light and Prayers.....Karen Hughes Meyles
Karen Hughes Meyles
February 16, 2021

Sorry for your loss.
Dave will be missed by many.

Keith Wallace
February 16, 2021
Dave and I came to Monroe County at the same time, he with the Game Commission, me with the State Police. We worked together many times and he was a good friend. A more dedicated WCO you would not find. I will always have fond memories of our time together. His family will be in my prayers
Mike Hartley
February 15, 2021
Pat and Family. I sorry for your loss. I'm sure he and Bob are talking about old times up there in heaven. Stay strong.
Mae Perry
February 15, 2021