Richard Overton, nation's oldest WWII veteran, laid to rest

CBS Austin

Saturday, hundreds of mourners said goodbye to the world’s oldest WWII veteran, Richard Overton.

Overton passed away at 112 years old after battling pneumonia.

Fellow veterans, community members and dignitaries celebrated his life at Shoreline Church in Austin.

“Richard Overton is a Texas legend,” said Governor Greg Abbott, who also recalled the time Overton challenged him to a wheelchair race.

U.S Army General John Murray paid homage to Overton’s time serving in the Pacific Islands during World War II.

"It is important to remember the blood sweat and tears that he shed to protect the freedom that we enjoy,” said General Murray.

Richard Overton received many honors in his lifetime, including the honorary renaming of his Austin road, now known as Richard Overton Avenue.

He lived in Austin for 73 years, becoming an icon and symbol of a life well lived.

Neighbors recall his kind nature and quick wit.

When asked the secret to a long life, Overton says it’s simple—whiskey, cigars, and butter pecan ice-cream.

With full military honors, Richard Overton was sent to his final resting place at the Texas State Cemetery.

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