Richard Overby Brookings

Aug. 8, 1946 - April 12, 2020

Richard A. Overby, 73, of Brookings, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2020, at his home. Due to health concerns, private family services are being held. Rude’s Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Richard Arnold Overby was born on Aug. 8, 1946, to Norman and Coralie (Ronning) Overby in Hendricks, MN. 

He was baptized and confirmed at Woodlake Lutheran Church in rural Astoria and later was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Astoria and Ascension Lutheran Church in Brookings. 

He attended grade school at Hillside Country School and graduated from Astoria High School in 1964. He was drafted at the age of 18, into the Army and fought in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in December in 1967. 

He returned home to the farm and worked at the Toronto Cenex during the winter. He married Carol Lindberg at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Clear Lake, SD, on May 29, 1970. 

To this union two children were born, son, Ryan Eric and daughter, Robyn Elaine. Richard attended a Veteran’s Agricultural Program for 3 years at Southeast Vo Tech in Canby, MN. They farmed for 31 years near Astoria. 

Richard also sold machinery for 15 years at Hayti Equipment and Pollard International in Watertown, SD. Upon selling their farm in 2000, they moved to Brookings, SD, where Richard worked at Runnings Farm and Fleet and Goodyear Tire Store.

 Richard was a hard-working, ambitious man who liked the outdoors, farming, taking care of his lawn and flowers, riding his 4-wheel scooter around the neighborhood, collecting 1/16 and 1/64 scale toy farm machinery and antiques. He and Carol enjoyed traveling on many bus tours that included nearly every state and Canada. He was a member of the Astoria and then Brookings American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled Veterans of America, and the Vietnam Veterans of America in Watertown. Richard especially enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters, Alaina Elizabeth Overby and Aleah Ann Overby.

Richard is survived by his wife, Carol; son, Ryan (Ann) Overby, of Brookings, SD; daughter, Robyn (Andy) Den Boer of Rock Valley, IA; two granddaughters, Alaina and Aleah; his mother, Coralie Overby, of Hendricks, MN; brother, Greg (Dianna) Overby, of Clark, SD; sisters, Gail (Valgean) Johnson, of Pipestone, MN, and Noreen Overby, of Brookings, SD; sister-in-law, Kay Scott, of Sioux Falls and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Norman; mother-in-law, Audrey Lindberg, and infant grandson, Gavin Martin Overby.

Blessed be his memory.

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