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James M. Overholt, 81, of Middle Point, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2023 at Lima Memorial Health Systems after a short illness. He was born on July 12, 1941, in Charleston, West Virginia, to Ernest and Bernice (Reidenbach) Overholt. On February 9, 1963, he married the former Marilyn Morgan, who survives. He graduated from Ohio Northern University with an Electrical Engineering degree. He worked for General Electric for several years before returning home to work for the family electrical business. He also, along with his father, started the Van Wert KOA campground (currently Huggybear) in 1970 and owned/operated it until 1983. Jim played hockey for the Lima Blues in the 1960's and 1970's and continued to play, recreationally, until he was 65 years old. He also snow skied for many years enjoying his trips to Vail, Colorado. In his later years, he enjoyed working in his woodshop and cutting firewood. In addition to his wife, Marilyn, Jim is survived by 2 sons, Chris (Gwen) Overholt and Curtis (Julie) Overholt; 7 grandchildren, Brandon Overholt, Brock (Amanda) Overholt, Victoria Klausing, Tyler (Kristin) Overholt, Cassandra (Eric) Hohman, Jennifer Klausing and Josh Overholt; 11 great grandchildren; and 3 brothers, Roger (Linda) Overholt, Philip Overholt and David (Suette) Overholt. He was preceded in death by his parents. A celebration of Jim's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jim`s memory may be sent directed to Calvary Evangelical Church, Van Wert. To share in Jim's online memorial, please visit www.alspachgearhart.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.
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