Austin, Texas: Richard Overton America’s oldest living World War 2 veteran has passed away in a rehab facility. He was surrounded by friends, and family! Mr. Overton has become a staple in the Austin community. Many loved him for his upbeat personality. Mr. Overton never let anything get him down. At the young age of 112, Mr. Overton said to of lived a long healthy happy life!
Cigars & Whiskey kept Mr. Overton happy along with his family!
Overton was born near Bastrop in 1906 and served in the army for three years during World War II. He spent the majority of his life in Austin and was often seen on the porch of his home, which he built in East Austin in 1945.
He gave credit to God for his longevity, but he always said cigars and whiskey helped.
“I been smoking cigars from when I was 18 years old, I’m still a smoking ‘em. 12 a day,” he said.
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The distinction of being the nation’s oldest veteran brought quite a few visitors to his front porch. One person that graced that porch was former Gov. Rick Perry on Memorial Day in 2013.
“I just wanted to come by and visit with you,” Perry said at the time.
On Veterans Day the same year, former President Barack Obama honored Overton in front of thousands in Washington. “His service on the battlefield was not always matched by the respect that he deserved at home. But this veteran held his head high,” Obama said.
In late 2016, the time came for 24/7 medical care.
Overton’s family didn’t want to see him go to a nursing home so they started a GoFundMe that reached over $450,000 and he was able to stay in his house.
When Overton turned 111, the Austin City Council gave the street he lived on for more than 70 years an honorary name, Richard Overton Avenue.
As for being the nation’s oldest veteran, Richard Overton was grateful.
“I ain’t gettin rich but I feel glad,” he said.