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Major General William E. Overacker

Obituary for Major General William E. Overacker

August 8, 1933 - March 12, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 86


William E. Overacker, age 86, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2020, in San Antonio. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, raised in Jackson, Tennessee, and educated in Georgia, Major General William "Bill" Overacker commenced a distinguished and unique career in the U.S. Air Force. After completing pilot training, Bill was selected as a B-25 instructor pilot for four years at Reese AFB, Texas. During the next six years, Bill was a physiological training officer at Webb AFB, Texas, Williams AFB, Arizona, and Andrews AFB, Maryland participating in the selection and training of high-altitude reconnaissance pilots. After completing Air Command and Staff College in 1967, Bill was assigned to the 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Bien Hola AFB, Vietnam. During this tour of duty, he served as wing life support officer and special assistant to the wing command in addition to flying 126 combat missions in C-47s and H-3s. Returning to the U. S. a year later, Bill was assigned as the senior aerospace physiologist at Headquarters USAF in Washington, D.C., and subsequently became the special assistant for air operations to the AF Surgeon general. After graduation from the National Way College in 1973, Bill commenced 17 years in various command positions within the Military Airlift Command with assignments at McGuire AFB, New jersey, Scott AFB, Illinois, Travis AFB, California, Ramstein AFB, West Germany, and retied in 1990 as the chief of staff, Headquarters MAC, Scott AFB, Illinois.

For the next 21 years, Bill utilized his executive, aviation, and communications expertise in the civilian world as Senior VP for Southern Air Transport in Miami, Florida; President of SimuFlite training International, Dallas, Texas; and a consultant for Rockwell Collins. In 2011, Bill retired top Blue Skies West in San Antonio, Texas.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William Overacker and Lillian Mai Kee Gilliam Overacker Dailey; his wife, Reba Driver Overacker; his sisters, Edna Earl Helmich, Christine Lee, and Jane Overacker Wells Borthwick; his brothers, James Gilliam and James Overacker. Bill is lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his wife, Betty; his step-daughter, Lynda Martin; his niece, Pat Gill; and nephews, Daniel Wells and Clyde Wayne Lee.

Due to the Declaration on March 16, 2020 at 2:00pm, by City, County, and State officials barring gatherings larger than 50 people, all funeral services will remain private for the foreseeable future.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the Vista Fund of the Air Force Village Charitable Foundation.

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