St. James Leverne C. Overson, age 86, of St. James, died on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at his home in Mesa, Ariz.
Funeral Services were held May 19, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church in St. James. The Rev. Kathleen Ulland-Klinkner officiated. Burial was at Mt. Hope Cemetery with full military honors provided by the St. James Veterans Honor Guard. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Leverne was born in Nicollet County on Sept. 30, 1925, to Henry and Clara (Engdahl) Overson. He was a a Navy veteran of World War II and graduated from Mankato State College in 1950 with a bachelor's of science degree. He was married to Elois Johnson of rural St. Peter and they settled in the Mankato area.
Leverne C. Overson
Following graduation he went into the lumber business and managed yards in Matawon and Blue Earth. In 1965, he and Elois purchased the Hage Lumber Company in St. James. The family business has expanded to include locations in Sleepy Eye, Lamberton, Wabasso, Jackson and Westbrook and a Design Center in New Ulm. Leverne was a faithful member of Augustana Lutheran Church, a 50+ year member of the Masons; the Zuhrah Shrine of Phoenix; a sponsor of Job's Daughters; and member of the American Legion, VFW, and the Eagles Club. Leverne had a passion for his hobbies which included golfing, fishing and gardening. One of his greatest joys was spending time with family and friends in both Minnesota and Arizona.
He is survived by his wife, Elois; sons, Lanny (Emma), of St. James, Lynn (Mary), of St. James, Lee (Deborah), of Mesa, Lowell (Kathryn), of Mantorville, and Larry (Lisa), of Kennewick, Wash.; daughter, Lynda, of Mesa; 13 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. He is survived by a sister, Eunice Shelly, of Bloomington; brothers, Harlan (Loretta), of Sun Lakes, Ariz., James, of Bloominton, and Larry (Karen), of Sun City, Ariz. He is survived by a sister-in-law, Sandra (Chuck) Alt, of Sartell, and brothers-in-law, Buster (Valoria), of St. Peter, Timothy (Beverly), of St. Peter, and Larry (Janice), of St. Peter.
You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com