Bernard John “Bernie” Overgaag

OBIT overgaagJuly 28, 1916 – Aug. 21, 2016

A funeral mass for Bernard John “Bernie” Overgaag will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Pinedale. A celebration of his life will be held in the summer of 2017 at the family cabin in the Big Horn Mountains. Bernie, 100, passed away Aug. 21 in Pinedale.

Bernie was born July 28, 1916, in Red Lodge, Mont., the son of John and Antoinette Overgaag, who were Dutch immigrants.

He married Genevieve St. Thomas Aug. 3, 1940, in Columbus, Mont. Soon after their marriage the couple moved to Greybull where they enjoyed the good life in Wyoming for more than 60 years.

Bernie was known for his ability to fix anything and for being a hard worker. He worked as a mechanic for several car dealers in Greybull. In the 1940s he and Harold Rose formed a partnership and built the O&R Standard Station. Bernie often worked 20 hours a day during the busy tourist season.

Bernie also worked as a mechanic for Hawkins and Powers for many years; spent many summers in Alaska with the firefighting crew and also spent time in Alaska working as a welder on the pipeline. His expertise as a welder was well known among the camps. If a specialized part was needed Bernie was often called upon to figure out how to create the needed part.

Bernie was a member of the Greybull Volunteer Fire Department for many years and also served as fire chief. He was a member of the Jaycees and for a number of years as a member, was in charge of the Days of ’49 fireworks display.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and most of all the family cabin in the Big Horn Mountains where he found peace and comfort after Genevieve’s death.

His parents, two sisters, his wife Genevieve and his daughter Connie Overgaag Wamhoff preceded him in death.

He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Judy Overgaag Grenier of Cheyenne, and Gary and Terry Overgaag Busch of Alexandria, Minn.; his son and daughter-in-law, John and Michelle Overgaag of Pinedale; his brother and sister-in-law, Henry and Marie Overgaag of Redlands, Calif.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials in Bernie’s name can be made to the Greybull Volunteer Fire Department, Big Horn Federal Savings and Loan, 33 N. 6th St., Greybull, WY 824326 or to the Sublette Center, 333 N. Bridger Ave., Pinedale, WY. 82941. Cards may be sent to the family in care of John Overgaag, Box 1105, Pinedale, WY 82941.