Cecil Overlease

Cecil L Overlease

Sunday, May 24th, 1931 - Tuesday, September 15th, 2020
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Funeral services for Cecil L. Overlease, age 89, of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 24, 2020 at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery near Manhattan, Kansas with Reverend Dale Engle officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Ft. Riley Honor Guard. Cecil passed away Tuesday, September 15, at his home in T or C.

He was born May 24, 1931 in Vona, Colorado the son the Cecil F. and Jennie Wava (Rodabaugh) Overlease. When Cecil was small his family moved to Denver where he grew up working in a drug store as a soda jerk and at a laundry mat.

Cecil went to telegraph school as the Korean War was starting up. He served his country in the United States Army as a telegraph operator. Following the war Cecil returned home and eventually became a Depot Agent for the Rock Island Railroad. Cecil worked the Rock Island for several years in Kansas and Minnesota. While he was stationed in Dresden, Kansas Cecil met and married Ramona Spresser. To this union four children were born, Greg, Sandy, Barb, and Ron.

With Depot Agent positions fading, Cecil and family moved to Scott City, Kansas where he worked for the Ford dealership in Leoti as a mechanic. He then became the Shop Foreman in Wright’s Chevrolet in Scott City for many years eventually going to welding school in the evening. When Cecil received the welding training, he went to work for the Missouri Pacific Railroad which became the Union Pacific Railroad as a Blacksmith in Scott City and later Colorado until his retirement on June 28, 1991.

In 2000, Cecil moved to T or C for warmer weather. Cecil enjoyed fishing, hunting, and reading anything he could find with history.

He is survived by his Children Greg and his wife Annette of Stockton, Kansas, Sandy and her husband John Cearley of Plainville, Ron and his wife Cindy of Abilene, Kansas; his loving sister Lila Rahmoeller of Denver, nine grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving daughter Barbara Seib, brothers Ed, John, Donald, Virgil, sister Donna Kimball, and his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas Honor Flight and may be sent in care of the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd, Abilene, Kansas 67410.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 11:00am
    Kansas Vererans Cemetery
    1581 Wildcat Creek Road
    Pastor Dale Engle
  • Interment

    Kansas Veteran's Cemetery
    Wildcat Creek Lane
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Jim Coulson

Posted at 06:52pm
When I think back I have many great memories of my Uncle Cecil like the time I showed up at his house in a fire truck with the rest of my crew headed home after a wildfire deployment in Arizona. You would have thought the president had showed up on his doorstep as excited as he was. I Honestly think though the the fondest are from the years spent deer hunting with he and my grandpa, Ed Overlease, Uncle ,Steve Overlease, and my dad, Rick Coulson. I could sit for hours and listen to the stories grandpa and Cecil shared, especially after a couple fingers of Old Crow. I remember my grandpa and Cecil would work so hard year trying to put Cecil in the perfect spot to shoot first deer. I remember the year he finally did and how exciting it was for him and all of us there, but it was also bittersweet as grandpa was absent because of recent heart surgery. Cecil had one of the biggest warmest smiles and an infectious laugh that you couldn’t help but laugh with him even if you had no clue what he was laughing about. He was a wonderful Uncle and I’m a better person by knowing him. I am glad he had such a full and wonderful life and was surrounded by family and a cold beer before passing. God bless you Uncle I look forward to the day when I see you again, but not too soon.

Jim, AKA. Jed, Coulson.

Charlene Coulson

Posted at 03:00pm
Cecil was my Uncle. When he was younger he lived with us, Ed and Lola, Charlene and Bonnie. He lived with us in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon where he and Dad went to telegraph school. He went to work on the Rock Island. In later years, he hunted wit Ed, Rick and Jim, Steve and Chris. I was along for a hunt. He rode his motorcycle to Florence,Co and went fishing with Ed and Lola and Rick and I and the kids. Rick and I did fishing at Elephant Butte with Cecil. We had a visit every year on our way back from Spring training in AZ except this year but had an extended phone visit. He is a kind and thoughtful man with a great sense of humor. Charlene and Rick Coulson

Ed & Kathy Adkins

Posted at 09:57pm
We've lived across the street from Cecil for the last 8 years and came to know him as a dear friend. He was always there to help us as we were for him. Always cheerful and friendly he was like our happy uncle just across the way! Cecil will be missed by all that knew him and we will always cherish our time together. Our best wishes go out to his children and family. May he rest in peace.
Most Sincerely,

PS. Find the attached image from a local group that helped him find his way home.

Ed and Kathy Adkins
TorC, NM

Love, Darlene Bernard, Ellen Bahre, Steve Bernard

Posted at 07:35pm
Greg, Sandy And Ron, Your Dad and your family mean so much to us. Please know we share your loss.
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cheryl davis

Posted at 03:28pm
Cecil was apart of our exercise group in Elephant Butte, NM , called the BSers (Body and Soles) he rarely missed a session and was love by all. A true gentleman, with a beautiful smile and kindness toward all. He will be missed but always loved . Cheryl Davis

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