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“To John's family,Just heard of your fathers passing from George Bopp (Former Vikings coach). I have the honor of knowing your dad for many years...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Chris Brown - Fort Wayne, IN

“TO THE OVERHOLT FAMILY:PLEASE ACCEPT MY SYMPATHY ON THE LOSS OF YOUR DEAR HUSBAND AND FATHER. I REMEMBER SPENDING A LOT OF TIME AT YOUR COLUMBIA...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: GLENDA HILL - FORT WAYNE, IN

“Judy and family!Indeed one of the best friends ever in my life and for sure, helped many others so they would stay on the trail following him.John...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“Judy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. John was such a great person. I always enjoyed chatting with him. He will be missed. ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Cathy Taulbee - Auburrn, IN

“Judy, I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember a lot of happy times, at the bridge table, with you and John. You are in my prayers. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Judy Brown - Knoxville, TN

“So sorry for your loss, I always enjoyed seeing and visiting with you at reunions and when we were out and about,my sincerest condolences.Ted Cook ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Ted Cook - Roanoke, IN

“He will be missed by those who were lucky enough to know him. Sorry I can't be there to tell you in person but know I am thinking of you. Loving...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Connie Brewer - Decatur, IN

“To the entire Overholt family: please accept my deepest sympathy in the the loss of John. I coached with the PAL Raiders for 28 years and always held...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Mark Rody - Middlebury, IN

“Judy, so sorry for your loss. John was such a great guy and I will never forget all the good times we had with the PAL parties. What fun!! God bless....Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Jone Kaminski - Friend

“I arrived in 1973 at Foster Park for the first of my three seasons as a PAL Football Colt. For the next three years coach Overholt taught us that we...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Jeff Burton - FORT WAYNE, IN

“Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one.I will pray for you as you go through these difficult times.I am a friend of Larry...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Betty Kubesh - Acquaintance


Johnny Overholt, 83, went home to be with the Lord. He never turned down an invitation and the final, ultimate invitation from his God was accepted on December 28. John was the son of the late Joseph and Verna Overholt. Johnny was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, coach, and friend to many.

Over the course of his life, he was a milkman, basketball star, draftsman, gardener, softball player, football coach, can collector, cattle rancher, landlord, world traveler, volunteer, reunion planner, and poker player.

John was a 1952 graduate of Central High School and was well-known as a basketball player, quarterback and track star. He married the love of his life, Judy Reese, in 1957 and together they raised two children, Cindy and David. He attended Ball State, became a draftsman and retired from W.S. Shamban.

He mentored many young men during his 19 years as coach of the PAL Colts football team, leading them to numerous championships. He and Judy were true sports fans attending sporting events of all kinds, but loved following local high school teams and players. For over 30 years, he attended every IHSAA football championship game. He gave time aiding at local high school athletic events.

In his retirement, he was known as the "can man"; collecting, recycling, saving money for grandchildren. He couldn't pass a discarded can without picking it up.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Judy, daughter Cindy (Gerry) Hemmelgarn, son David (Cathy), grandchildren Kirk and Ryan (Kendra) Bowser, Elizabeth (Ryan) Belcher, Erin (Matt) Dammann, Anne and Amy Hemmelgarn, brothers Larry (Nancy) and Ron Overholt, sister-in-law Dorothy (Jim) Overholt, and 7 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Verna (Knisely) Overholt, brother Jim and sister Geraldine (Dale) McEldowney.

Funeral at 11 am on January 2 at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, with visitation at the church one hour prior. Visitation will be January 1 at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Rd, from 4-8 pm. Memorial contributions to Fort Wayne Police Athletic League.