John Overholt

  • Died: December 28, 2017
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Maplewood Park

4017 Maplecrest Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46815

Tel. (260) 426-9494

Tribute & Message From The Family


Johnny Overholt, 83, went home to be with the Lord. He never turned down an invitation and the final, ultimate invitation from his God was accepted on December 28. John was the son of the late Joseph and Verna Overholt. Johnny was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, coach, and friend to many.

Over the course of his life, he was a milkman, basketball star, draftsman, gardener, softball player, football coach, can collector, cattle rancher, landlord, world traveler, volunteer, reunion planner, and poker player.

John was a 1952 graduate of Central High School and was well-known as a basketball player, quarterback and track star. He married the love of his life, Judy Reese, in 1957 and together they raised two children, Cindy and David. He attended Ball State, became a draftsman and retired from W.S. Shamban.

He mentored many young men during his 19 years as coach of the PAL Colts football team, leading them to numerous championships. He and Judy were true sports fans attending sporting events of all kinds, but loved following local high school teams and players. For over 30 years, he attended every IHSAA football championship game. He gave time aiding at local high school athletic events.

In his retirement, he was known as the "can man"; collecting, recycling, saving money for grandchildren. He couldn't pass a discarded can without picking it up.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Judy, daughter Cindy (Gerry) Hemmelgarn, son David (Cathy), grandchildren Kirk and Ryan (Kendra) Bowser, Elizabeth (Ryan) Belcher, Erin (Matt) Dammann, Anne and Amy Hemmelgarn, brothers Larry (Nancy) and Ron Overholt, sister-in-law Dorothy (Jim) Overholt, and 7 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Verna (Knisely) Overholt, brother Jim and sister Geraldine (Dale) McEldowney.

Funeral at 11 am on January 2 at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, with visitation at the church one hour prior. Visitation will be January 1 at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Rd, from 4-8 pm. Memorial contributions to Fort Wayne Police Athletic League.