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William H. Overmyer

William H. Overmyer, 92, Amherst resident for 65 years, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the Wesleyan Village in Elyria. He was born July 23, 1921, in Lindsey, Ohio, where he was raised and graduated from Fremont Ross High School with the class of 1939.

Bill Overmyer is a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He has been married to his bride, Helen Mary (Hasenpflug) of Amherst for over 65 years. He spent his lifetime serving his God, church, and family through continual prayer and activity.

Bill was a member of the Old Stone United Methodist Church in Amherst and a participant in a number of Christian organizations. In retirement, Bill was an active member of the Gideon's International, serving as a speaker and has distributed countless "Gideon's Bibles" to individuals, businesses, and health care facilities. He was always accompanied by his wife in his activities, as they shared their faith with others in a variety of ministries. At church, Bill served as Sunday school teacher and superintendent, lay leader and speaker, prayer and Bible study leader, and served on the administrative board. Bill participated in a multitude of ways in Youth for Christ, Christian Business Men's Committee, and Love, Inc. organizations. He served on the Camp Echoing Hills Board of Directors and was an active partner in their ministries as well.

Bill Overmyer was known within his family and childhood home area as Harwood. He especially enjoyed spending his time with his family through vacations, gardening, hiking, reading, travel, sports, and home activities such as assembling jigsaw puzzles and game time.

In his career, Bill worked as an electrical engineer for National Tube/U.S. Steel in Lorain, retiring in 1982 after 35 years of employment. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Hendry and the USS Dutchess, troop transport ships. He attended Asbury College and the V12 program at Cornell University prior to completing the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 65 years, Helen Mary Overmyer (nee Hasenpflug); his sons, Ray (Christie) Overmyer of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Everett (Janet) Overmyer of South Amherst, Paul (Alice) Overmyer of Sunnyvale, California; his daughter, Mary (James) Geer of Amherst; six grandchildren, William J. Overmyer, Anne E. Overmyer, Beth A. Overmyer, Rachel L. (Ben) Anderson, Eleanor R. Geer, Nathan C. Geer; one great-granddaughter, Brianna E. Anderson; and his sisters, Mrs. J. Paul (Margaret) Shepherd of Louisville, Kentucky and Mrs. Joseph (Mary) Davis of Asheville, North Carolina, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert R. Overmyer; and his parents, Ray M. and Margaret May Overmyer (nee Stone).

The family will receive friends Friday, June 13, 2014, from 2 until 4 and 6 until 8 P.M., at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 14, 2014, 11 A.M., at Old Stone United Methodist Church in Amherst. The Reverend Daniel Reinke and Jack Ailes, nephew, will officiate.

The family would like to thank both Wesleyan Village and New Life Hospice for their care and compassion. They suggest that memorial contributions be made, in Bill's memory, to the Gideon's International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800 or online at

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