In loving memory of

Norman V. Overland
August 9, 1925 - January 1, 2019

RUSHFORD, MN - Norman V. Overland, 93, of Rushford, MN died on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at Mayo Clinic La Crosse Campus.
Norman Victor Overland was born on August 9, 1925, to Selmer and Gena (Hegland) Overland in Norway Township of Fillmore County, MN. He graduated from Chatfield High School in Chatfield, MN. He attended Luther College in Decorah, IA. Norm served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. He received his bachelors degree from Hamline University and his masters degree from the University of Colorado. He spent 35 years in the teaching and coaching professions. The first seven of those years were in Canby, MN where he coached football, basketball, and track. He also started the varsity wrestling program in Canby. He then taught and coached in Richfield, MN for 28 years. He was a member of the Minneapolis Coaches association. Norm was also a member of the Minnesota Vikings Chain Gang for 28 years, starting in 1967. Norm married Joanne Mattern, they later divorced. Norm took up playing the violin at age 70. He enjoyed playing with the Granny Band of Caledonia and did the nursing home circuit for many years. He was a member of Highland Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Peterson, MN, VFW Post #96 in Bloomington, MN, and Rushford American Legion Post #94.
Norm is survived by three children: Jennifer (Brad) Sumpter of Bloomington, MN, David Overland of Waseca, MN, and Gregory Overland of San Diego, CA; four grandchildren: Cristian, Chase, Channa, and Carrah; two sisters: Beverly Simpson of Rochester, MN and Geraldine DeCorsey of Chaska, MN, sisters-in-law: Mary Overland of Bloomington, MN and Marilyn Overland of Plymouth, MN; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins; and by his very special friend, Lillian Gravos.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Roy Overland, Gordon Overland and brothers-in-law: George Simpson and Chuck DeCorsey.
There will be a funeral service for Norm at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019, at Highland Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Peterson, MN with the Reverend Luther Mathsen officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the church.
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Craig Colbenson wrote on Jan 18, 2019:

"I will always remember Norm's kindness and smiles as he visited our group of ping pong players. Thank you Norm for the use of your paddle."

Carol baumann wrote on Jan 11, 2019:

"I was in the southern comfort kitchen band with Norm. He had a beautiful voice. He was a great and interesting man."

D. Berg wrote on Jan 9, 2019:

"I'm sorry I was not able to attend the funeral. Norm was a dear friend and I will miss him so much. He was always good for a story and willing to "talk football" any time."

Bev Genest wrote on Jan 8, 2019:

"Dear Lil, and Greg I had the great luck to be Norm and Lil's next door neighbour in Weslaco, Texas, where we spent our winters. As a neighbour and a friend, I always knew that I could count on Norm for assistance and encouragement. Norm was a fun loving, generous man. He was kind and thoughtful. He loved life. Everyday was an adventure for him. Playing music for us was his passion. If it was your birthday, you knew that you would be serenaded by Norm and his violin. Very special moments. Lil, your devotion, and the care you gave Norm, were so much appreciated. Norm really loved you! Norm was always so proud when Greg came to visit him. They both reverted back to being kids and had so much fun together! I will miss my dear friend! Lil, take good care of yourself. My prayers are with you. Hugs from Bev Genest Weslaco, TX / Prince Albert, SK "

Clayton Holt wrote on Jan 8, 2019:

"Mr. Overland lived next door to my grandparents in Canby Minnesota and was my physical education teacher as well as my high school track coach at Richfield High School. He was a great teacher and coach and had a positive influence on my life. He will be missed! My deepest sympathy."

Paul Pearson wrote on Jan 7, 2019:

"I knew him as Mr. Overland in his health or physical education classes, and Coach Overland when playing for him in football and basketball at East Junior High in Richfield. He was a wonderful example and mentor to myself and many others , and I feel very lucky to have known him. And I was not surprised to read about his active retirement ! Best Wishes and Condolences, Paul Pearson"

Tammy Morgan Nodland wrote on Jan 6, 2019:

"Jennifer, I?m sorry for your loss. Your Dad was so much fun teaching us to square dance and play Spit on your Neighbor in the basement in Bloomington. He lived a good life. Tammy Morgan Nodland"

John Thoreson wrote on Jan 6, 2019:

"Coach Overland helped me in so many ways when I was at East Jr. High in the late 60?s. I?m so glad I got to thank him for all he did for me just a few years ago. RIP, Coach. "

Peter Roberts wrote on Jan 6, 2019:

"I remember him as a great coach and teacher at East junior high. He will be missed. Peter Roberts"

Don Houlding wrote on Jan 6, 2019:

"I had him every year in junior high and then again for drivers ed. He motivated me. In 7th grade, I could not run and complete a ?600?. By the end of 9th grade, I was keeping up with Paul Vaccaro, and running the ?600? in under 2 minutes. He was strict but fair. He ruled with his wiffel bat and the ?red owl? but if you behaved, it was not a problem. May he Rest In Peace."

Sharon Rustad wrote on Jan 4, 2019:

"Norm was one of my favourite volunteers! He was always ready to entertain everyone no matter their age. My thoughts, prayers and love are with you, Lillian! To Norma's children, my deepest sympathy!"

Ida Mae Inez Bacon wrote on Jan 3, 2019:

"I will miss Norman We became friends at Senior Dining and ping pong on Tuesdays. I enjoyed his music and he himself. My condolences to all."