June 25, 1956- Sept. 3, 2012
EAGAN - Services for Anthony P. Van Overbeke, 56, of Eagan are at 11 a.m. Monday at Mary Mother of the Church Burnsville, MN with visitation at 10 a.m.
Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Klecatsky and Sons Funeral Home in Eagan. Burial will be at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. J.S. Klecatsky & Sons Funeral Home, 651-454-9488
Anthony Paul Van Overbeke died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Labor Day, Sept. 3, 2012, after a heroic year long battle with appendix cancer.
He was born to Alphonse and Julia (Nuytten) Van Overbeke on June 25, 1956, in St. Paul. He grew up on the family farm in Marshall. He attended Holy Redeemer parochial school and graduated from Marshall High School in 1974. During high school he worked as a diesel mechanic at Bill's Oliver.
He entered the United States Marine Corps in September l974. He served as a metalsmith and flight mechanic on Lockheed C-130F and C-130R aircraft for transport to Japan and numerous Pacific Islands after having attending Flight Mechanic training at El Toro, California. Tony was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in September l978. He graduated from Lake Area Technical Institute in aviation maintenance technologies in l980. While attending school in Watertown, S.D., he met and married Susan J. Quade on June 2, l979, in Wilmot, S.D.
Tony and Susan moved to Eagan, MN. where he accepted a position at Republic Airlines as an airframe power plant mechanic and then became employed with Northwest Airlines in l984. While working full time he earned another associate degree of applied science in business aviation at Inver Hills Community College in 1985 as well as a bachelor of arts in business aviation at Metropolitan State University in 1996.
He continued to work in the airline industry at Champion Air and Midwest Airlines and returned to Northwest in 2008. Northwest Airlines merged with Delta Airlines and he remained at Delta for the rest of his career.
Tony and Susan welcomed two children, Anthony Paul II in l981, and Alicia Amalia Julia in 1986. Along side his family he enjoyed scouting, sports, dance recitals, go karting, playing cards, air shows, traveling, and cinema. His own passion was flying, biking, exercising, motorcycling, military history, astronomy, meteorology, working on his '69 Camaro and spending time with his loyal dog, Ruby.
He is survived by his wife, Susan; son Tony (and Alicia) of Apple Valley; daughter Alicia of Eagan; sisters, Beatrice (and Wm.) Jerzak of Ivanhoe, Sue (and Dr. Wes) Post of Edgerton, Joyce (and the Rev. Edward) Eppinger of Bartlesville, Okla., Nancy (and Leigh) Ribble of Scottsdale, Ariz., Mary (and David) Gislason of Marshall; brothers, Dr. Thomas (and Alice) Van Overbeke of Marshall, John (and Pat) Van Overbeke Marshall, Stephen (and Pam) Van Overbeke Russell; sister-in-law Cindy (and LeRoy) Jolstad of Marshall; brother-in-law Jerry (and Becki) Quade of Paynesville; mother-in-law Malie Quade of Corona, S.D.; Godmother, Marguarite Nuytten of Marshall; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, Godchildren, and many friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alphonse and Julia Van Overbeke, brother, Brian Van Overbeke, niece, Marie Van Overbeke, and father-in-law Leslie Quade.