Dale O. Overmyer, 89, peacefully passed away in the presence of his family on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Lenora Williams Overmyer (January 13, 1998), and his daughter Cecilia Dawn (June 10, 2010).
He is survived by his two sons Dale O. Overmyer Jr. and John T. Overmyer, their wives Melissa P. and Helen C. Overmyer, and his six grandchildren, Emma, Lilly, May, Daisy, Thomas, and Jillian Overmyer.
Born in South Bend, Indiana, he began a life of international travel at the early age of 5 when his family moved to Haiti where they lived for three years. After graduating from Porter Military Academy in Charleston, South Carolina in 1942, he worked for the US Postal Service until entering the US Navy in 1943. He served on the DE 575 “Ahrens” from January 1944 until February 1946. His ship earned two battle stars during anti-submarine and convoy escort operations in the Atlantic in 1944. In December 1944, DE 575 entered the Pacific where it operated until December 1945.
After the war Dale earned a BS in Geology from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and then earned an MS in Geology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After two years working in the oil fields of west Texas and New Mexico, he moved to Venezuela to work with the Mene Grande Oil Company (Gulf Oil). While in Venezuela he met and married Lenora E. Williams of Romney, WV. Together they had three children who were all born in Venezuela. During his twenty-eight year career with Gulf Oil, Dale served as head of the company’s geology departments in Venezuela, Nigeria, Angola, and England before being promoted to head of international exploration for the company and moving his family back to the US. His love of waterskiing, boats, and fishing meant that most of his weekends were spent on tropical beaches in the Caribbean and West Africa.
In 1982 he retired from Gulf Oil and moved with his wife and daughter to Romney where he lived until 2010. He served on the board of the Hampshire County Special Services Workshop for many years. He was also active in the Potomac Highlands Chapter of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association and a regular attendee of annual reunions for Venezuela oil field workers in Austin, Texas. Dale will always be remembered for his faithfulness to his family, generosity to all, wisdom and integrity, quick wit, and artistic talents.
A graveside memorial service will be held Friday, January 17 at 3:00 pm at the Indian Mound Cemetery in Romney. A reception will follow at the home of Jane Wright Slocum. Memorial contributions may be given to Hampshire County Special Services Workshop, 9 Industrial Blvd., Romney, WV 26757.