RIP:Merlin 'Kent'Overholser, at 87 - Descendant of: Overholser/Hodgen/Lint/Sala/Leaders/Frain/Snider/Gohn/Berkebile/Studebaker

Patrick McGarry

Merlin "Kent" Overholser, 87, passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2022, at his home. He was born Aug. 14, 1934, in Elkhart, IN, and had been a resident of Vernon Hills for the past 46 years. He was a 1956 graduate of Purdue University and was a US Navy LCDR veteran of 21 years, having served in Vietnam. Kent was a member and honorary Past Master of the Libertyville Masonic Lodge, Worthy Patron of the Libertyville Eastern Star and a member of the White Shrine. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Libertyville, enjoyed traveling, was an avid reader and could fix anything and often did for his family and many friends. Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Virginia "Elaine" Overholser; 3 children, Mark Overholser Sr., Kim Aument and Carol (Robert) Meder; 3 grandchildren, Eric (Amanda) Daluga, Mark (Rebecca) Overholser Jr. and Janelle Overholser; 3 great-grandchildren, Camden, Harper and Eli; 2 sisters, Gayle (Loren) Shaum, Cheryl (Gordon) Brown; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan and Doris Overholser; brother, Ron; and his son-in-law, Wayne Aument. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am until time of services at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home, 120 W. Park Ave. (Rt. 176, one block west of Milwaukee Ave.), Libertyville, with Pastor Brian Paulson, officiating. Following the service, he will be given Masonic Honors by the Libertyville Lodge and military honors by the US Navy will conclude the services. Memorial contributions can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Info, 847-362-3009 or please share a memory at

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