David Overmyer
1957 - 2021
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David J. Overmyer 1957 – 2021

David Joseph Overmyer, 63, passed away at his home in Lawrence, Kansas, on April 16, 2021.

He was born on October 19, 1957 in Topeka, Kansas, the son of David and Margaret (Krogman) Overmyer. He was educated in the Rossville, Kansas school system, graduating in 1975, where he excelled as a track and field athlete. He held the Kansas state record in Cross Country racing for several years.

He went on to Kansas State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree from the School of Journalism, in Radio and Television. While attending K-State, he was active in various organizations and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. After graduating from K-State, he ventured overseas to Seoul, South Korea. He taught English as a Second Language for several years at Yonsei University where he also hosted a Morning Radio Show. He then returned to the United States, and in 1991 earned his master's degree in Education from the University of Kansas. Upon completing his master's degree, he again ventured overseas, this time to Saudi Arabia where he worked for Saudi Aramco Corporation for eighteen years, teaching Preparatory Courses to students who planned to study abroad.

During his time in Saudi Arabia, he learned to sail and even took a 23-week course to be a certified skipper of a full-sized yacht. He owned a small sailboat that he loved to sail on the Persian Gulf every season. When he wasn't teaching or sailing, he enjoyed camping in the desert with friends, archaeological expeditions and falcon hunting.

Upon retiring from Saudi Aramco in 2016, he moved to Vancouver, WA for a year and then finally settled back in Kansas where he purchased farmland in Osage County. He maintained a residence in Lawrence and was a member of Central United Methodist Church.

David traveled the world and never knew a stranger. He enjoyed studying history, collecting antiques and artifacts, and making friends from every corner of the Earth. He loved spending time in nature and observing wildlife.

David is survived by his father, David C. Overmyer of Topeka; three sisters: Cheryl (Paton) Eliot of Overland Park, Nancy Overmyer of Lawrence, and Mary (Ben) Simecka of Olathe. Two brothers: Jeff (Kathy) Overmyer of Silver Lake, and Tom Overmyer (Matt Born) of Fairview Park, Ohio.

He is also survived by three nieces: Elizabeth Overmyer (Aaron Good) of Baldwin City, Amanda (Jason) Young of Lawrence, and Jenna Overmyer of St. Mary's, four nephews: Heath Overmyer of Kansas City, Missouri, Adam (Katie) Simecka of De Soto, Austin (Hannah) Simecka of Olathe, and Eli Simecka of Lawrence, six great-nieces and two great-nephews. And his Aunt, Betty Bowers of Louisville, Kentucky.

He was preceded in death by his Mother, Margaret K. Overmyer, in 2015.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the following: The Hale Library at Kansas State University payable to K-State Libraries, 1117 Mid-Campus Drive North, Manhattan, KS 66506; Skills to Succeed payable to Life Skills Management Center, Inc. 413 E. Santa Fe, Olathe, KS 66061. Visitation is Friday, April 30, 2021, 12 pm to 2 pm. Memorial Service to follow at 2 pm. Both will be at the Central United Methodist Church, 1501 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas 66044. Private burial will take place at Maple Hill Cemetery.

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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Apr. 21, 2021.
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April 29, 2021
We will not be able to attend the services. Sending our apologies, condolences & prayers. David was a great guy. May He Rest In Peace & God Speed. Keeping you all in our thoughts & prayers.
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April 29, 2021
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Amy BIllinger
April 28, 2021
It was a sad day to learn of David's passing. One less sweet soul to travel this sod on this side. He will be truly missed at Central United Methodist Church. Condolences to his family and friends during this tender time and in the days, months, and years to come.
Becky Harris
Friend
April 23, 2021
David would crack jokes while we huffed and puffed around the Aramco Hills track trying to lose those unwanted pounds. Every year we found ourselves back on the track during the start of the running group season enjoying the same jokes and a few pounds heavier. David taught me how to sail his boat little Julie. He was an impressive sailor and I was a terrible student. He was actively involved with the running group, the yacht club and amcham. I will remember David as someone who had a great sense of humor, who offered words of support and encouragement and who became an expert at those things he was passionate about.
April
April 22, 2021
David brought so much joy to so many people through his friendship. He was a dear friend of my deceased husband, Steven. We were all together at the same time in Saudi Arabia and got to know David through the theatre group. Maybe five years after my husband died, I was cleaning up old emails on the computer and I came across emails between my husband and David. It gave me so much joy to read these that I thought, I wonder if I would be able to contact David as I did not know if he was still in Saudi or what was going on in his life. It was the best thing that I did as I found out he was in Washington state and so began resuming a wonderful friendship which led David to meet my niece, Michelle, whom he really liked and corresponded with all the time.
Susan Mayernik
Friend
April 22, 2021
Fare well Captain David.
It was a pleasure and honour to have shared a few years with you on the water and as fleet captains in Saudi Arabia.
Andreas Schmidt Mumm
Adelaide, Australia
Andreas Schmidt Mumm
Friend
April 21, 2021
I have known David while in Saudi Arabia when, among other things, we were sailing on his sailboat every weekend at Half Moon Bay near Dhahran. David has always been a gentleman and I am grateful that he invited me for sailing on his boat for all these years, of which, I keep fond memories of this wonderful time in Arabia. I wish to send my best thoughts and sympathies to his family. David is leaving behind him the image of a kind and friendly person.

Guy Boulanger,
Montreal, Canada
Guy Boulanger
Friend
April 21, 2021
I have many fond memories of Dave while we were fraternity brothers at K-State. Dave was always gentle and kind. I thoroughly enjoyed reading of his career and fascinating travels after college. What a wonderful life. I remember my grandmother Helen Martinek Macha of Delia talking about the Simecka family in Rossville. There may be a distant relationship there. My sincere condolences to Dave’s family. RIP brother Dave.
Rich Macha
Classmate
April 21, 2021
Sending all of David's family and friends my most sincere condolences and prayers.
Susan (Mary Pat McNally's daughter)
Susan Chadwick Baker
Family
April 21, 2021
David and I have been friends since August 1998 when we both got hired to teach English in the College Preparatory Program at Saudi Aramco. I will forever cherish the many years of friendship I had with David. I feel most fortunate to have shared paths with him for over two decades, including a variety of adventures on three continents, sailing his boat Little Julie on Half Moon Bay, the many early mornings we spent in Dhahran doing power walks and breakfasts as well as all those movie nights. I’ll never forget his quick wit, curiosity about the world, openness to learning new skills, generosity of spirit, kindness, sense of adventure, civic mindedness, and easy going manner. When I really needed a friend, David was always there. Goodbye my dear friend! I will miss you very much. To all of David’s family, please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. David’s memory will live in our hearts forever.
Jon Kinney
Friend
April 21, 2021
God bless all the family in this time of sorrow. May your memories keep him forever in your hearts.
Kathy Marney Glaze
Friend
April 21, 2021
I met Dave through Kiwanis and as we shut down weekly meetings we missed the camaraderie. Eventually we enjoyed venturing to socially isolated Asian dining establishments and catching up with talk about causes, his land, and his family that he loved deeply. He hadn't divulged all of his background, (he didn't broadcast all of his accomplishments), but he had great tales of school, life as a teacher, world travel, literature, and history. He was conscientious, socially skilled, funny (an incorrigible punster), values-driven, and a entertaining conversationalist. Dave was upbeat and bright. I'm so sorry for family and friends ~ he will be missed!
Sean Williams
Friend
April 21, 2021
Our family has known the Overmyer family for over 60 years. I was fortunate to be at Kansas State when Dave was there, and we became fraternity brothers at Lambda Chi Alpha. We hade some great times together and kept in touch as often as possible. Dave will always be remembered for his outgoing personality, humor, warm smile and gentle nature. I was blessed to have known Dave and his family. Dave will be missed.
Don Cooper
Friend
April 21, 2021
I first met David in late 2003 when I sponsored his application to membership in the Sons of the American Revolution. He was always friendly polite and well groomed. We had several interesting conversation though limited due to the miles of physical separation. We who got to meet and know him are much better for it.

My condolences to his family as they will miss his physical presence the most. David, go rest high on that mountain and watch the sail boats in the distance.
Dewey Fry
Friend
April 21, 2021
Our friendship and journey began during our highschool years at Rossville ~ memories I will forever treasure. Your contagious smile always lit up the room. We shared many good conversations, laughter and good times together... My Forever Friend!
My sincere heartfelt condolences to all of your family during this difficult time. Peace Be With You and to them... You will never be forgotten
Tonya Simecka
Friend
April 21, 2021
Mr Dave was a very nice man very genuine, me and my family moved next door last May 2020 and Dave instantly introduced himself welcoming us to the neighborhood. He will truly be missed my condolences :(
Tenisha L Higginbotham
April 21, 2021
The world lost a very special person. Oh David I will greatly miss our long talks and your cheerful voice. I am so grateful to have had the complete joy of knowing you.
Michelle Rowe
Friend
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