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Leon J. "Jack" Overstreet of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, passed away at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017. He was born on September 3, 1934, in Celina, Tennessee. His parents were John Butler Overstreet and Edna Earl Thurman Overstreet.

On November 27, 1954, he married Ann Finley in East Point, Georgia.

Jack is survived by his wife and three sons: Jack F. Overstreet and wife Darci of Denver, CO; Clark Overstreet and wife Donna of Mt. Vernon, IL; and David Overstreet and wife Suzanne of Mt. Vernon, IL; grandchildren: Colin Overstreet of Mt. Vernon; Jackson Overstreet and Madison Overstreet of Denver, CO; and Madalina Overstreet, Fisher Overstreet, and Sawyer Overstreet of Mt. Vernon; sisters-in-law Marian McKay (Herb) of Celina, TN; Mildred "Mick" Overstreet Ulrich of Palm Coast, FL; and Wanda Overstreet Hubertz of Xenia, OH; cousin Nancy Mullins Omer of Inman, SC; and many much-loved nieces and nephews.

Jack was predeceased by his parents, his sister Katherine Overstreet Sutton, and his brothers Joe Frank Overstreet, Kelly Overstreet and wife Betty, Kenneth Overstreet, and Bob Overstreet.

Jack served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge in 1955, he attended David Lipscomb College in Nashville, TN, and then graduated from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN in 1957. He went to work for the WOW Life Insurance Society after college as a field representative. In July 1964 he was promoted to state manager of South Illinois and moved with his family to Mt. Vernon, IL. He later served as state manager for Illinois and portions of Missouri, Indiana, and Michigan. He retired on October 1, 1999, but kept a part-time contract until 2007, making a total of 50 years.

He served as a deacon first and then as an elder for Mt. Vernon Church of Christ for many years. He was active in youth and community activities, with the Boy Scouts, and he coached baseball and football teams. He was a member of the Mt. Vernon Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was on the Mt. Vernon Township High School Board of Education for two 4-year terms from 1987-1995. He was a member of the Crossroads Community Hospital Board of Trustees for 15 years. He was an avid sports fan and loved the game of golf. He was an accomplished speech writer and enjoyed poetry and singing karaoke with his good friend Bob Karnoski. Many in the community knew him as a very jovial Santa Claus.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Vernon Church of Christ, the American Cancer Society, or the charity of one's choice.

Services will be held as follows: Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon on Thursday, March 9, and funeral at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 10, at Hughey Funeral Home.
Published on March 6, 2017
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