Austin's Richard Overton's, once America's oldest WWII veteran, laid to rest
In this May 10, 2018 photo Richard Overton, the oldest living U.S. Veteran at the age of 111, is back in the east Austin home he has owned since 1948 after a renovation provided by Meals on Wheels of Central Texas and the Home Depot Foundation. A family member says Overton, the nation’s oldest World War II veteran who was also believed to be oldest living man in the U.S., has died in Texas. He was 112. Shirley Overton, whose husband was Richard’s cousin, says the Army veteran died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 at a rehab facility in Austin, Texas. (Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman via AP, file)
AUSTIN, Texas — On Saturday, Austin said its last goodbye to Richard Overton with a funeral and procession, followed by burial at a cemetery full of Texas state heroes.
At the time of his death on December 27th, Overton was the nation's oldest-living World War II veteran at 112 and the oldest man in the United States.
Overton's funeral was held at the Shorline Church at 15201 Burnet Road at 11 a.m.
Gov. Greg Abbott, Austin Mayor Steve Adler and U.S. Army General John M. Murray are all spoke, praising the World War II hero and longtime Austin resident.
Following that, Mr. Overton was laid to rest at the Texas State Cemetery.