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Obituary,Bill Overdorff


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Bill Overdorff

Bill Overdorff died suddenly on July 22, 2016 in Brownsville, OR, one week short of his 84th birthday. William Roy Overdorff, Jr. was born to Jessie (Olson) and William Roy Overdorff, Sr. in

Washington D.C. on July 30, 1932; he was an only child. They moved while he was quite young to Grand Island,

Nebraska, which was where he grew up. After he graduated from high school, he attended the University of Montana in Missoula, earning a Forestry Degree.

He moved up to Juneau, Alaska to work for the U.S. Forest Service, and there he met Delores (Dodie) Bennett. They married in 1957 and moved to

Petersburg, Alaska, where a year later, their first child, KrieAnn, was born, and then he was transferred back to Juneau where Eric, and then Jodie completed their family. They all enjoyed the Alaskan lifestyle of boating and camping and fishing, and Bill also enjoyed hunting trips every fall. After a brief transfer to Anchorage in 1965, they returned to Juneau for several years, and then back to Petersburg, where he finished out his 30 year career with the Forest Service, retiring at the age of 52.

He and Dodie had divorced in 1977, and the next year he met and married Helen Wills Montgomery. They lived in Juneau for some time until she became ill, and they moved to Silverton, Oregon. They were married for 17 years until her death in 1995.

Bill remained in Oregon, and some years later, while living in Sweet Home, he met Elaine Darling; they were married on Valentine's Day in 2001, when he was 69. They moved to Pacific City and lived there for several years until they relocated to Lincoln City in 2011. Bill did some travelling in the early years after he retired, but as he grew older, he enjoyed staying home with a good book and a cozy fire. He always denied being a good cook, but he did like to putter in the kitchen, and we all looked forward to his corned beef dinner. He was a man with a dry sense of humor and a gruff exterior which hid his soft heart. He loved well and was well loved, and he will be dearly missed.

Bill is survived by his wife Elaine Darling-Overdorff, his ex-wife Dodie Overdorff, and his children: KrieAnn Kudar (Lincoln City), Eric and Kelly

Overdorff (Petersburg, Alaska), and Jodie and Peter Brandt (Joseph, Oregon). He had 6 grandchildren – Adam Kudar, Collins Kudar, Ashley (and Randy) Bocchi, Rachel Kvernvik, Erica (and Scott) O'Neil, and Taylor Overdorff, and 4 great-grandchildren – Aspynn and Trinton Bocchi and Gavin and Olivia O'Neil. No service will be held, according to his wishes, and his ashes will be laid to rest in the Petersburg

Memorial Cemetery in Alaska.


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