Calmer Overlee, 90, a longtime McGregor area resident, most recently of The View in Minot, died at Trinity Medical Center in Minot surrounded by nieces and nephews on Friday evening, Aug. 2, 2013.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at The View for Calmer’s family and many friends. Rev. Gerald Roise of Bethany Lutheran Church of Minot will officiate at the service.
Funeral services with military honors will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at Scandia Lutheran Church, northeast of McGregor. Pastoral Assistant James Hamann will officiate and interment will follow at Skabo Cemetery, northeast of Grenora.
Calmer T. Overlee was born on the family farm in Thorson Township, Burke County, the son of Carl and Thora (Wold) Overlee on April 22, 1923. He was reared on the family farm and first educated in a rural school and then graduated from high school at McGregor in 1941. Calmer started farming with his father and soon after enlisted into the Navy to serve his country in the efforts of World War II. Calmers’ experiences and travels while in the Navy were many and worldwide as he saw to his duties on the USS Marvin H. McIntyre. He was honorably discharged and returned to the family farm where he would pick up where he left off, farming, for nearly the rest of his life. Calmer always loved life. He was full of humor and was always ready to share it with everyone.
Calmer was a baptized and confirmed member of the Scandia Lutheran Church, and would help to care for the church and all its needs for the rest of his life. While living in Minot, Calmer attended church at Bethany Lutheran.
He was united in marriage to Tillie Heide Yahn in 1971. The couple made their home on the family farm and farmed the land until retiring and moved to live at The View in Minot in the fall of 2009. Calmer and Tillie loved to travel and made several trips to visit Norway.
He was a member of the American Legion Post of Powers Lake and the VFW of Battleview. He was a life member of the International War Veterans Affairs, a member of the International Order of the Odd Fellows, and the Sons of Norway Lodge 498. Calmer returned to Washington, D.C., in the fall 2009 on the Freedom Flight with his many war colleagues to witness the World War II Memorial dedicated by the American government to honor the efforts of the “Greatest Generation.”
Calmer is survived by many nieces and nephews, including; Steve Overlee, of McGregor, Linda (Randy) Myhra, of Hazen, Lisa (Mark) Overlee, of Breckinridge, Minn., Dennis (Linda) Dean, of Lansford, Diane (Chuck) Olson, of Hutchinson, Minn., Deborah (Larry) Johansen, of Mohall, Marla (Mike) Rose, of Minot, Patrick (Scarlet) Dean, of Glenburn, Bryan (Stephanie) Dean, of Velva, Jeffrey (Michelle) Dean, of Lansford, Sandra Anderson, of Lansford, and his sister-in-law, Arlene Overlee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Tillie, two brothers, John and Norman; one sister, Thelma Dean-Anderson; and a sister-in-law, Beatrice “Babe” Overlee.
Memorials are encouraged to the Upper Missouri Bible Camp at Epping, Anne Carlson School in Jamestown, Scandia Lutheran Church Fund, or Camp of the Cross at Garrison, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Friends may call at Fulkerson Funeral Home in Tioga on Wednesday, from 10 a.m to noon, and one hour before services at the church at Scandia Lutheran.
Friends are encouraged to share memories of Calmer with the family online at (www.fulkersons.com).