Richard 'Dick'  Overmyer


Richard "Dick" Overmyer, 85, of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Meadville passed away May 13, 2019 in Sarasota, FL. He was born on January 6, 1934 in Toledo, OH to the late, Richard Overmyer, Sr. and Verle-Marie Overmyer. He married Carol Masterson in 1960. She preceded him in death in August 2005.
Dick was a graduate of Allegheny College with a BA in Theater. He then served in the United States Army. After his service in the Army he attended San Diego State receiving his Masters in Fine Arts.
Dick was then employed at Allegheny College as a theatre professor. After retirement he was a Director of the Academy Theater.
He enjoyed reading, walking and playing poker. He also loved working in his wood shop.
Dick is survived by one daughter, Katherine Cooper and her husband, John of Davenport, IA; one son, Michael Overmyer and his wife, Michelle of Edinboro, PA; six grandchildren, John, William, and Joseph Cooper of Iowa; Emily Ann See and her husband, Christopher of Mechanicsburg, PA; Aaron and Samuel Wagner of Edinboro, PA; one sister, Melinda Sharrit and her husband, Norm of Sarasota, FL; one brother, Ed Overmyer and his wife, Doris of San Francisco, CA; and a cousin, Sheila Woods of Long Island, NY.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
As per Dick's wishes there will be no services.
To honor Dick's commitment to lifelong learning, the family would request that donations go to NPR and PBS. Please support you local station or donate to Dick and Carols favorite which was Erie's: links can be found on the "Support Us" page.
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Published on May 14, 2019
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6 posts

Boone Smith and Bob Morris
May 21, 2019
Only met Dick in Sarasota in recent years, but he exhumed such an incredible charm. Only wish we had been able to spend more time with him.
Ian Michael Andrew
May 17, 2019
I had the great pleasure of stage managing he, Beth, and Patricia in Road to Mecca. His intro theater started me in the arts, thank you professor.
Beth Watkins
May 17, 2019
My condolences to Kate and Michael. Dick was a wonderful colleague and friend. He and Carol opened their home and hearts to me and I will always treasure their generosity, warmth and friendship. Dick was such a wonderful actor-- to see him on the stage was truly special.
May 16, 2019
Prof. Overmyer was witty, he could tell a great story and make any topic seem interesting. I loved the story about when his kids were little they would play “college”, which consisted of complaining about how busy and tired they are.
Glenna Shultz Antenucci
May 15, 2019
I took many classes with Professor Overmeyer while I was at Allegheny - I think of him every time I have to do a presentation (Public Speaking). I'm sorry to hear of his passing, my sympathies to his family....
Mark Lasher
May 15, 2019
My condolences Kate, sorry to hear of your dad's passing.