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Public Viewing Announced For World War II Veteran Richard Overton

Richard Overton at his 111th birthday party on May 11, 2017.
Gabriel Cristóver Pérez
Richard Overton celebrates his 111th birthday at his East Austin home on May 11, 2017.

A public viewing for Richard Overton, who was the nation's oldest man and World War II veteran, will be held Friday.

Members of the public can pay their respects from noon to 6 p.m., at Cook Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar Blvd., in Central Austin, according to Overton's obituary

A funeral service will be held Saturday at Shoreline Church in North Austin at 11 a.m., followed by a 2 p.m. interment at the Texas State Cemetery in East Austin. The funeral and interment are open to the public.

Overton, who was 112 years old when he died on Dec. 27, was called an "American icon and Texas legend" by Gov. Greg Abbott.

Contributions in Overton's memory can be made to Honor Flight Austin. Messages to the Overton family can be left here.

Andy Jechow is the audience engagement editor for KUT News. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter at @AndyJechow.
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