Don Overleese

Don Eugene Overleese was born April 27, 1927, at the Webster County Hospital in Red Cloud, NE.  He was the second child of Claude and Mae (Kness) Overleese.

He attended grade school at District 18 just east of the family home.  He attended Franklin High School where he was in FFA serving as President and receiving his State Farmer award.  He received a Hereford heifer to show at the state fair and returned the first calf to the FFA for another member.

Don helped his folks build their family home in 1948-49 and he farmed with his father for several years.  He enlisted in the National Guard Unit at Smith Center, Kansas, where he was called for active duty, but peace was declared before he activated.

Don and Laura (Lehmann) from Smith Center dated for two years before marrying on April 17, 1966.  Although no children were born to their union, they were grandpa and grandma to many.  Laura passed away December 28, 2004.

He became a member of Macon Lutheran Church and served on the council and other positions in the church.  He also served on the Franklin City Council, Cemetery Board, and Golden Age Village Board.

In August 2006, he invited Barb Goosic to supper. On October 8th, they were wed after church services.  They enjoyed attending concerts and following Barb’s children and their grandchildren’s activities.  After contracting COVID, they spent time recovering in Bethany Home. 

Don will be forever remembered by his wife Barbara Overleese of their home; stepchildren:  Monica (Stacey) James of Franklin; Veronica Goosic (Kim Pearson) of Minden; Amy (Tim) Schmidt of Minden; Andy (Jessica) Goosic of Franklin; and Eli Goosic of Minden; grandchildren:  Jenna (Kyle) Pritchard; Logan (Megan) James; Miranda (Tanner) Teel; Travler, Brylee, Gage (Kristen) Pearson, and Nicholas (Taylor) Pearson; Tanner, Tucker, Sylvia, and Turner Schmidt; Drew (Tana), Emma, Ava, Alexa, Audra, and Archer Goosic; Merissa (Dylan) Weaver and Clayton Weaver, Keitan and Hartleigh Bienhoff;

Great Grandchildren:  Rykan, Sawyer, Waylon, and Hayes Pritchard; Huxley and Braysen James; Dierks and Vivian Teel; Whit Goosic; and Cooper and Raelynn Jensen; nephews: Roger (Anne) Overleese; Tom (Lisa) Overleese; Mike (friend Carol) Overleese and their families and his niece Pat (Fernando) Reyes and family, as well as a host of other relatives and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Claude and Mae Overleese, wife: Laura, brother: Robert Overleese, sister-in-law: Darlene Overleese and sister-in-law: Susan Collins.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Zion American Lutheran Church, Macon Nebraska with Pastor Marcia Dorn officiating. Family inurnment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Franklin. Hutchins Funeral Home, Franklin, Nebraska assisted the Overleese family with these arrangements.