Edward Isaac Overright, 88, of Farmington, NM, passed away peacefully in the presence of family on Monday, June 14, 2021 at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, NM. He was born on Nov. 7, 1932, in Leland, Illinois to Edward H. Overright and Laura M. (Gates) Overright.
Ed enlisted in the United States Army in 1952 and was assigned to the 337th Communication Recon Company as a Radio Traffic Analyst. Following the sudden death of his father, he was honorably discharged in 1954. He was very proud to have served his country and held a deep respect for veterans and all active-duty military. Ed met his wife of 65 years, Mary Ellen Schwemlein, on a blind date and they were married Oct. 15, 1955. They were blessed with 6 children. Before becoming a boilermaker in 1969, he was a barn painter, shop welder and fabricated equipment for local farmers. He worked for HD Hume manufacturing farm equipment. For a period of time, Ed hauled livestock into the Chicago stockyards with his father. He was also a member of the Mendota and Genoa, Illinois Police Depts. Following the death of his mother, Ed took his family to Colorado. As faith and fate would have it, he secured employment as a boilermaker with the Denver Local 101 thus changing the destinies of everyone in the family. In 1992, Ed, Mary and their son Michael started Overright Trucking, Inc.
Throughout his life, his time and energy was devoted to being a good husband, father and friend to anyone he encountered. He was deeply respected and loved by his employees and considered family. He enjoyed fishing, hunting elk, rock-hounding, and researching the history of the different places he worked, lived and visited. Silverton Colorado held a special place in his heart and he spent many hours exploring the area. He was an avid reader. US history was one of his favorite subjects and he loved sharing his vast knowledge on the subject. He had a soft spot in his heart for rescue dogs and owned several over the years. Edward was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Edward was preceded in death by his younger brother William Arthur Overright. He leaves behind his wife, Mary Ellen; sons, James (Heather) Overright, Michael (Angie) Overright; daughters, Theresa (Dan) Spaid, Anne (Kurt) Urban, Donna (Kevin) King, Mary (Ed) Lopez; 15 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
A special thank you to all the doctors, nurses and staff at San Juan Regional Medical Center for their care and kindness shown to our father. A celebration of his life will be held at a future date. His care is entrusted to Brewer Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, Farmington, NM.
Precious Lord take my hand, lead me on, let me stand. I am tired, I am weak, Lord, I am worn. Through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light. Precious Lord, lead me home. Jim Reeves