Arthur Melvin Overcott, 84, of Preston, Minn., died on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Art was born September 21, 1938, in Minneapolis, to Arthur and Evelyn (Pengra) Overcott. He grew up in Minneapolis with five brothers and sisters. After high school, he served in the Army, mostly in Germany, where he also learned something of his German heritage. Following discharge from the Army, he met and married Nancy Hielsberg from Faribault, Minn., who is also of German heritage. He attended the University of Minnesota and Arizona State University, graduating with a degree in geography. In 1978, Art and Nancy moved to the big woods of Fillmore County, where they built their own home and workshop in which Art began his furniture making business.
Art enjoyed traveling with Nancy, motorcycling, sailing, photography and his beloved cats. In 2008, the couple moved to Preston.
Art is survived by his wife, three daughters: Andrea, Martha and Gloria; two grandchildren, one sister, Susie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Jim and Robert; and two sisters, Jean and Carol.