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October 18, 1928 - September 10, 2022

A memorial service will be held on October 8, 2022 at 1:00 at Bethany Reformed Church, 1833 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo, MI 49001; a brief time of fellowship with the family will follow. Memorials may be sent to Loaves and Fishes, 901 Portage Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001, or Bethany Reformed Church.

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Donald Eugene Overbeek, of Long Lake in Pavilion Township, Michigan, passed away September 10, 2022 at Glenn Arbor Hospice in Battle Creek. Don was born October 18, 1928, to Walter C. and Fannie (Workman) Overbeek. He graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School, received his B.S. degree from Kalamazoo College, and his M.S, Ph.D. and J.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. After working as a research chemist and a brief time practicing patent law, Don opened a general law practice in Portage, which he maintained for more than 40 years. When not working, Don enjoyed spending time at the family hunting camp near Kenton, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. While there he spent many relaxing hours in the beautiful woods and made valued friends. Don had a strong faith and was a long-time member of Bethany Reformed Church. On June 6, 1953, Don married Mary Ellen Weessies, who survives. Also surviving are three children, Todd Overbeek, of L’Anse, MI, Lori Overbeek, of Kentwood, MI, and Jill Sparacio, of Downers Grove, IL; three grandchildren, Aaron Overbeek, Jenna (Quinton) White, and Timothy Sparacio; four great-grandchildren, Tyler Overbeek, Christian Overbeek, Sadie Olznoi and Brooks White. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Peter, Clarence and Howard; sister, Ardith Riley and son-in-law, Robert Sparacio.