Leverne C. Overson, age 86, of St. James, died on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at his home in Mesa, Ariz. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Augustana Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. Kathleen Ulland-Klinkner officiating. Visitation will be Friday at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James from 4pm until 7:30 p.m. with a Masonic service scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Burial will at Mt. Hope Cemetery with full military honors provided by the St. James Veterans Honor Guard. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Leverne was born in Nicollet County Minnesota on September 30, 1925 to Henry and Clara (Engdahl) Overson. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and graduated from Mankato State College in 1950 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree. He was married to Elois Johnson of rural St. Peter and they settled in the Mankato area. Following graduation he went into the lumber business and managed yards in
Matawon and Blue Earth, MN. In 1965, he and Elois purchased the Hage Lumber Company in St. James MN. The family business has expanded to include locations in Sleepy Eye, Lamberton, Wabasso, Jackson and Westbrook and a Design Center in New Ulm. Leverne was a faithful member of Augustana Lutheran Church, a 50 plus year member of the Masons; the Zuhrah Shrine of Phoenix; a sponsor of Job's Daughters; and member of the American Legion, VFW, and the Eagles Club. Leverne had a passion for his hobbies which included golfing, fishing and gardening. One of his greatest joys was spending time with family and friends in both Minn. and Ariz.
He is survived by his wife Elois, sons Lanny (Emma) of St James, Lynn (Mary) of St James, Lee (Deborah) of Mesa, Ariz., Lowell (Kathryn) of Mantorville, Larry (Lisa) of Kennewick, Wash.; daughter Lynda of Mesa; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He is survived by a sister Eunice Shelly of Bloomington; brothers Harlan (Loretta) of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; James of Bloomington; Larry (Karen) of Sun City, Ariz. He is survived by a sister-in-law Sandra (Chuck) Alt of Sartell and brother-in-laws Buster (Valoria) of St. Peter, Timothy (Beverly) of St. Peter and Larry ( Janice) of St. Peter.