Richard Overton may be gone, but he’s hardly forgotten. As a quick search on Google Street View proves, he’s hardly even gone.
Overton died in late December 2018 shortly after being admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. The World War II veteran was 112 years old, the oldest living WWII vet at the time of his passing, as well as one of the oldest Americans, period.
Even in his old age, Overton was still mobile. He started every morning with coffee, sometimes with whiskey, loved cigars, and even managed to throw back a can of Dr. Pepper every once in a while. And before going to bed, he always made sure to have some ice cream.
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The elderly vet was celebrated in his community of Austin, Texas. Neighbors knew Overton well, as he often sat on his front porch during the day.
Thanks to Google’s Streetview cameras, Overton may seem to be sitting on his front porch for many years to come. He was captured when one of the Google cars outfitted with 360-degree cameras drove down Hamilton Avenue sometime before his passing.
Behind an American flag, and yard signs for a “Proud WWII Veteran,” Overton can be seen sitting under a large poster of his own face, with the headline “For all you did and still do, this bud’s for you.”
A short film about Overton’s life was made in 2015. “Mr. Overton,” directed by Matt Cooper, details the life of a centenarian who loves life and loves his girlfriend, Ms. Love.
Overton’s tagline in the film, “I may give out, but I’ll never give up,” seems a bit more fitting today.
Mr. Overton, we salute you, wherever you are.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.