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Funeral Services For Austin's Richard Overton Set For Jan. 12

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUT
Richard Overton, at a public party for his at 111th birthday on May 11, 2017.

Funeral services will be held Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. for Richard Overton, the oldest man in America and the oldest military veteran, who died Thursday.

The service will be held at Shoreline Church at 15201 Burnet Rd. in North Austin and is open to the public.

Overton will be buried at the Texas State Cemetery in East Austin, though arrangements for the burial are not yet finalized, according to Allen Bergeron, the Military Veterans Program administrator for the City of Austin.

Richard Overton was 112 years old when he died. He was born in Bastrop in 1906, served in the Pacific during World War II and has been a fixture in East Austin for decades. 

You can read more about his life here

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