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Donald Overman

Donald E. Overman

Monday, February 25th, 1929 - Monday, September 16th, 2019
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Donald E. Overman, 90, of Scottsbluff, passed away Monday, September 16, 2019, at The Residency Care Center in Scottsbluff. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 21, 2019, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Scottsbluff with Father Vince Parsons officiating. Interment will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, in the Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. A prayer and sharing service will be at 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 20, 2019, at St. Agnes Catholic Church. Friends may visit from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Friday, at Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff with the family present from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Memorials have been established to St. Agnes School Foundation and Scottsbluff Noon Kiwanis Club.

Donald Eugene “Don” Overman was born February 25, 1929, at Pittsburg, Kansas to John and Jessie (Hudson) Overman. He graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1947, and from Kansas State Teachers College (now Pittsburg State University), in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree. While attending college he was a cheerleader for the Pittsburg Gorillas athletic teams.

Don’s first job at age 10 was selling coal that he gathered after it had fallen off delivery vehicles. He worked for the F.W. Woolworth Company from 1943 until 1967. He started at age 14, and entered management following college. He was an assistant manager in Great Bend, KS, Odessa and El Paso, TX. He was a store manager in Loveland, CO, Roswell, NM, Wichita Falls and El Paso, TX, Durango, CO and finally Scottsbluff, NE.

In Great Bend, he met a cute girl named Bernadine Ewald in the store. They were married at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Great Bend on October 10, 1953. They have four children; Mark, Barbara, Chris and Donna.

Don began his career with the Lincoln National Life Insurance Company at age 38 in 1967. He faithfully served his insurance clients for 52 years. He was a sales agent, general manager, and eventually Corporate President of Lincoln Overman and Associates. He earned many life insurance industry awards, including qualifying and life member of the million dollar round table for 45 years.

Don began his political career when he was elected to the Scottsbluff City Council in 1969. He was elected Mayor of Scottsbluff in 1974 and served in that position until 1994. He was the longest serving Mayor of any first class city in Nebraska. At the end of his tenure, the Scottsbluff City Council named him “Mayor Emeritus.”

Don always had an interest in transportation and air service. He served as chairman of the Western Nebraska Regional Airport Board as both an appointed and elected member from 1996 until his death. Following a major remodel completed in 2005, the airport board voted to name the terminal the “Donald E. Overman Terminal.”

Don was active on dozens of boards and committees that supported community, statewide, and national efforts. He frequently traveled to Lincoln and Washington D.C. to meet with Senators, Congressmen, Governors and even two Presidents to solicit programs and funding that would benefit this area.

He was extremely proud to be one of the original members of the board of Platte Valley Bank and Platte Valley Financial Service Companies. He served on the Nebraska Crime Commission for almost 20 years. He was a member of the Scottsbluff Noon Kiwanis Club for 55 years.

Don received numerous awards and recognition during his lifetime. He received the highest award given by the Nebraska Diplomats, the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Court of Honor Award for Public Service, and the Nebraskaland Foundation Pioneer Award. He was named the Scottsbluff Star-Herald Citizen of the Year in 1990, and Citizen of the Century-Government in 2000.

Don was a devoted father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with people, especially his bowling, fishing, and golfing buddies. Don is survived by his wife, Bernadine; children, Mark (Bev) Overman and Barbara (Ken) Miller of Scottsbluff, Chris (Vonnie) Overman of Kearney, and Donna (Kevin) Weitzel of Mitchell; grandchildren, Angie (Blake, Addison) Wilson of Scottsbluff, Shannon (Jake-Alex, Aubrey) Quible of Lincoln, Nicole (Brandon-Kael, Emmy) Smith of Gering, Scott Miller of Denver, Shane (Sarah) Weitzel of Houston, and Johnathan Weitzel of Mitchell; brothers-in-law, Jerome (Elvera) Ewald of Wichita KS, Marvin (Margie) Bieberle of Great Bend, KS, Ron (Paula) Bieberle of Ellinwood, KS, Floyd (Peggy) Bieberle of Derby, KS; sisters-in-law, Corrine Batchman of Ellinwood, KS, Shirley Ewald of Canby, OR, Mary Apel of Great Bend, KS, and many nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Jack and his wife Doris, father and mother-in-law, Nick and Rose Bieberle; brothers-in law, Bob Ewald, Norbert and Gordon Bieberle, Ron Batchman, Dan Leiker; and sister-in-law, Joyce Leiker.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, September 20th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Friday, September 20th, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Bridgman Funeral Home
    2104 Broadway
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    A prayer and sharing service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday September 20, 2019, at St. Agnes Catholic Church.
  • Service

    Saturday, September 21st, 2019 | 10:30am
    Saturday, September 21st, 2019 10:30am
    St. Agnes Catholic Church
    2314 3rd Avenue
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    Father Vince Parsons
  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery
    North 5th Avenue
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    Interment will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, September 21, 2019.


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Deborah Burford

Posted at 01:54pm
Dear Bernadine and family,
My deep condolences for your loss of Don. He was such a strong, inspiring member of our community and I was privileged to be able to meet and serve him while at the Residency. Even in his end days he was a kind and considerate man! May God be with you all in your sorrow and comfort you with His assurance of the Heavenly home Don surely is at rest and peace in.
Sincerely, Deborah Burford

The Palu Family- Brad, Jen, Harrison, & Grayson

Posted at 08:50am
Keeping The Overman family in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
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Tim & June Reilly

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Our deepest condolences on Don's passing. May God comfort your family during this time of mourning.
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Lots of Love, Cammy, Mary Ellen and The Lantis fam

Posted at 10:52pm
Bernadine, Chris, Vonnie, Shannon and family, we wish you many Prayers and Blessings, and may you all find peace through all the wonderful memories!
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Know that we are thinking and praying for your family in this time of grief. Don was a true treasure and he will be greatly missed.
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