Harry William Overholtzer II (73) died peacefully at his home in Shermans Dale, PA on April 27th. Harry was a fiercely loving man who was deeply devoted to his wife, Janet (they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last August), to family – especially his five grandchildren, and to a life of service. He loved being outdoors – hiking, fishing, and hunting – and he and Janet enjoyed camping, sailing, and kayaking together. Music was a big part of their life. They met in choir at Muhlenberg College and sang together in various church choirs, played duets together on the autoharp / harp, started a children’s handbell choir, and Harry played percussion in the praise band at Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church in Shermans Dale. He loved to work with his hands – he built black powder rifles and lovingly restored his father’s 1930 Ford Model A and 1948 Ford Panel Truck. He was also a ham radio operator and enthusiast for much of his life.As retirees, Harry and Janet were active in NOMADS (Nomads on a Mission Active in Divine Service) – volunteering their time to construction, remodeling, and repairs for children’s homes, camps, and disaster rebuilding around the country. After moving to Shermans Dale in 1995, Harry became the director for Join Hands Ministry, Mission Central of Mechanicsburg and the Perry County Food Bank. Harry and Janet raised their family in Gilbertsville, PA, where Harry worked for many years at New Life Youth and Family Services (Schwenksville). He is survived by his daughter, Karen McLeod, her spouse, Brock, and their daughters, Fiona and Kylie, of Corvallis, OR; his son, Michael Overholtzer, his spouse, Ann, and their sons, Nicholas, Matthew, and Timothy, of Glen Ridge, NJ; his sister, Rebecca Nystrom and her family of Vejbystrand, Sweden; and his sister, Melinda DuVal and her family of Pottstown, PA. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jayne Knopp, and his parents, Harry and Gloria Overholtzer.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to one of these organizations: Nomads (nomadsumc.org), Mission Central (missioncentral.org), or the Perry County Food Bank (PO Box 37, 300A South Carlisle ST, New Bloomfield, PA 17068).
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