John Fletcher Overholtzer entered eternal life Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Visitation will be held at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, with a memorial service beginning 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, at the funeral home. Memorials are to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
John, the only son of Floyd M. and Ava Hill Overholtzer was born April 17, 1934, at home on the farm, which has been in the Overholtzer family for over 100 years.
John attended school at Tingley, graduating in 1952. He farmed and worked various jobs until he was drafted in the U.S. Army from April 1954 until December 1955. Most of his service time was spent in Germany helping with reconstruction of the country after the war.
John married Mary Catherine Quick in June, 1958, at the Redding Methodist Church. They established their home on the family farm. One son was born to this union, John Alan.
John was a substitute rural mail carrier for many years. In 1979, he was appointed regular carrier for Tingley, Ellston and Beaconsfield. He was noted for his punctuality and for taking mail to the door for many elderly patrons.
The highlight of his life was the birth of his grandchildren: Christian in 1993 and Christiana in 1997.
John loved the farm and farm animals. He was a member of the Tingley Methodist Church, VFW and Tingley Lions Club. He was civic-minded and over the years worked on many projects to help keep Tingley vibrant.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law; sisters Arlene and Cleone Johnson Hosfield; brothers-in-law Dean Johnson, Kenny Hosfield, Lyle Quick, Dale Quick, Ron Tull.
He is survived by his wife Mary; his son John A.; daughter-in-law Mary K.; his grandchildren: Christian John and Christiana Hart; sister Ava Jenesse (Howard) Tull; sisters-in-law Jean Tull and Jeannette Quick; nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.