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Overland - Richard M.

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Obituaries

Richard M. Overland, 72, of San Angelo, Texas, formerly of Lanesboro, Minn., died Aug. 21, 2007, at his home in San Angelo.

He was born Nov. 5, 1934, in Lanesboro. He graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1952, then attended Winona State University for two years. In 1954 he entered Air Force pilot training school in Del Rio, Texas. While in the Air Force, he also received his degree from Omaha (Neb.) State University. In April 1966, while serving as a forward air controller in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart when the 0-1 reconnaissance aircraft he was piloting encountered enemy fire and went down in hostile territory. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross in August 1966 for assisting in the rescue of two downed pilots under heavy fire. He also earned the Vietnam Presidential Cross for his service in Vietnam. He served as an F86-D and F-101 fighter pilot, and was commander at Keflavik AFB in Iceland from 1973 to 1975. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1979, after 25 years in the Air Force. Mr. Overland then worked as a real estate agent and broker in San Angelo. He spent his later retirement days attending sporting and community events and traveling. He was a member of St. Paul Presbyterian Church of San Angelo.

Survivors include his wife, Sherrill; three children, Amy Gabriel (Don Picard) and Laura (Matt) Jackson, both of San Angelo, and Richard K. Overland of San Antonio, Texas; five stepchildren, Kirk (Leta) Anderson of Bedford, Texas, Debbie Lykins and Susan Anderson, both of Dallas, Charlotte (Bryan) Thompson of San Angelo and Mike (Christine) Vandergriff of Georgetown, Texas; 19 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and two brothers, Harris (Beverly) Overland and John (Carol) Overland, both of Lanesboro. He was preceded in death by his previous wife, Peggy, a brother and a sister.

Funeral services were held Aug. 24 at Glen Meadows Baptist Church in San Angelo with the Revs. Mack Roller and Harry Matthews officiating.


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8:58:04, Jun 18th 2013

cabraden1 says:
I salute you Colonel Overland. Your were my c.o. at Rockville Naval Air Station, near Keflavik, Iceland in 1974-74. You were a great officer and leader of men.

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