Mr. Overman was born Nov. 22, 1935, at Mercy Hospital, Urbana, a son of Damon C. Overman and Erma D. Reid Overman. Mr. Overman married Phyllis Lovingfoss on March 29, 1980.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis M. Overman; daughters, Vicky (Gary) Johnson and Beth (Mike) Gibbons, both of St. Joseph; son, Bryan (Dana) Overman of Champaign; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Damon C. Overman and Erma D. Cawthon; and an infant daughter, Lynne Anne Overman.
Mr. Overman retired from the University of Illinois in 1990.
He was a life member of Western Star Lodge No. 240 AF and AM in Champaign and Past Master of Centennial Lodge No. 747 (Philo). He was a life member of Danville Consistory and life member of Ansar Shrine of Springfield, and past president of Illini Shrine Club of Champaign.
Mr. Overman was a member of First Christian Church where he served as an Elder. He spent many years as a Sunday school teacher and small group leader.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at First Christian Church, 3601 S. Staley Road, Champaign, followed by Masonic rites at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the church. The Rev. Tim Barber and the Rev. JP Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery, Philo.
Memorials in his name may be made to the First Christian Church or Salt and Light.
Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy, is handling arrangements.