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Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home

9700 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

Phillip Irvin Overmyer

March 21, 1948July 28, 2019
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Phillip I Overmyer, 71, died July 28, 2019 at home with his family by his side in Austin, TX.

Phil was born on March 21, 1948 in Culver, Indiana to Irvin and Irma (Stevens) Overmyer. The family moved to Illinois shortly after. While he was young, Phil often enjoyed spending his summers at his grandparents’ farm back in Culver, Indiana. He graduated from Naperville High School in 1966. He went on to graduate from the University of Illinois with a masters degree in Electrical Engineering. While he was there, he managed the University’s radio station, WPGU.

After graduation Phil worked for Illinois Bell and had a very successful career in telecommunications with AT&T. He met his wife, Patricia, in New York and they married in 1980. He attended the prestigious Sloan program at Stanford University and then moved to Singapore in 1989, where he worked for AT&T until 2001. After retiring, he took a position as Managing Director of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, where he worked until 2014. Phil loved his life in Singapore and all the people he met and travels he took. He enjoyed hiking and nature photography. Some of his favorite photos were of New England. He loved going out to dinner with friends and enjoyed lively conversations. He and his wife retired to Austin, TX.

Mr. Overmyer is survived by his wife, Patricia; his brother Steve: his cousin Linda; his daughter Cheryl, her husband Rob and granddaughter Juliette; and his son Michael, his wife Elaine and two grandsons, John and William.

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  • FAMILY

  • Mr. Overmyer is survived by his wife, Patricia; his brother Steve: his cousin Linda; his daughter Cheryl, her husband Rob and granddaughter Juliette; and his son Michael, his wife Elaine and two grandsons, John and William, all who will lovingly cherish his memory.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, August 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, August 4, 2019

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Steve Overmyer

August 9, 2019

Phil, my big brother.

I always looked up to Phil, he was such a good role model - successful in academics, business and life. He was decent, honest, reliable, and would perform any task to the best of his ability.

Seven years apart was quite a distance between us, but there are lots of good memories of trips to the grandparents in Culver, Indiana when we were kids, and we always watched the original Star Trek series together when it first aired.

The legacy he leaves me is his family I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know. His wife Pat, children Cheryl and Michael, their spouses Rob and Elaine, and all of Phil and Pat’s grandchildren, the amazing Juliette, John and William. All good, kind and wonderful people whom I would have never known without Phil.

We all miss you, Phil.

Steve, Cathy, Lily and Hannah Overmyer

Marty Silbernik

August 9, 2019

Phil was one of those guys that brought me into a fold of people who, while I don’t see or talk to often, who became lifelong friends and helped me become the person I am today. 

I’ve told a lot of people about those days in my life and Phil was key in many of the stories from my college days and our station antics. 

He helped me through some good times and some not so good times. He will truly be missed by many. 

All my best to you and your family in this time of sorry. May his memory be a blessing. 

Linda Stevens-Hjorth

August 8, 2019

My cousin, Phil Overmyer, was five months older than me. When Phil was young, he lived in the Chicago, Illinois area, and in Hales Corners Wisconsin with his father Irvin, his mother Irma, and his younger brother Steve. I lived in Culver, Indiana with my mom. (My mom and Phil’s mom were sisters).

For many summers, my Aunt Irma would drive Phil to Culver, where his grandparents Ora and Augusta Overmyer lived too. Phil spent a week on their farm every summer, and we had lots of fun together!

We spent time swimming in Lake Maxinkuckee
(second largest lake in Indiana), enjoyed observing the horses, and the fire works at the Culver Military Academy, played hide-and-go-seek in the woods, and tried to catch minnows in the creek with our hands .

We spent hours on Grandma Overmyer’s porch playing cards, picking veggies from
the garden, tractor rides with Grandpa Overmyer, trying to run faster than the farm dog, striving to catch tadpoles from the horse trough, and observed Grandpa Overmyer milking cows ... we also gathered eggs from the chickens!

We played tag in the rain, while sliding on the wet grass on the local golf course. We walked along the Lake Maxinkuckee shore, and tried to count all of the mansions that Grandpa Roscoe Stevens built!

I am not sure if Phil would want me to share the following memory, but here goes ...I was taking ballet classes and he would help me practice for the ballet programs that would be performed in the town of Culver... he lifted me above his head and twirled me around like we were on stage! What fun! No, he never dropped me!

Phil and I turned 14, and my mother passed away. Phil’s mom and dad took me in and raised me, for which I will always be thankful! Phil and I were in some classes together in high school, and we also graduated from high school at the same time!

...... with tears in my eyes, and love in my heart, I say “Phil you will be dearly missed!”

Linda Stevens Hjorth

Rick Sallinger

August 7, 2019

Phil was someone I looked up to and respected during my years at the University of Illinois at WPGU. My condolences to his family. He was a good man.

Don Brown

August 5, 2019

Pat,
We are so sorry for your loss. Phil was a wonderful person who we all loved in Singapore. He was professional in every way and we especially loved his great sense of humor and his infectious laugh. He will remain in our hearts and minds.

Juno Zhang

August 4, 2019

Phil, You are a such nice person and great boss, you will be surely missed. May you peaceful in Heaven! Juno

Teddy Chu

August 3, 2019

Dear Pat,

I had the privilege of reporting to Phil while working in China at AT&T. He was a great mentor, always insightful and well respected by our carrier partners throughout the Asia/Pac region. He was a great story teller and connected with people from different culture with ease and respect. We will truly missed him.

With my deepest condolences,

Teddy Chu

Joe Murray

August 2, 2019

Dear Pat, Cheryl & Mike:
Like all who have had the great pleasure of knowing and working with Phil, I’m deeply saddened by his untimely passing.
A rare combination of heart & intellect, Phil was blessed with many talents. He possessed an extraordinary gift for building & managing relationships. A gift he was always willing to share with others. No one came close to Phil when it came to executive protocol and professional networking.
Our time in Singapore coincided almost exactly. We moved to Singapore the same year (1989), and exited AT&T the same year (2001). During my AT&T days, he was an invaluable advisor, mentor and confidant. I treasured his insights & trusted instincts. He was instrumental in steering me into one of my best jobs at AT&T in Int'l Public Affairs. Later at SICC, he continued to generously assist my business development efforts in my post AT&T career in Singapore.
A consummate professional, a marvellous, humorous raconteur and a delightful companion -- especially during our frequent Tiffin Room lunches at the Raffels Hotel. I regret that we lost touch around the time he returned to the US.

As his many tributes reveal, Phil’s unique personality touched many lives. We’ve lost a wonderful soul, and I a special friend. My heart goes out to his family.

Art Kobler

August 2, 2019

Dear Pat:
Cherished colleague, mentor and friend is how I and so many others will remember Phil. His demeanor was unfailingly thoughtful, measured and open-minded, qualities that endeared him to everyone he encountered. So it was no wonder that he found his niche as a trail-blazing American bridging cultures and forging partnerships in Asia.

Mai joins me in mourning his passing and sending our deepest condolences to you, Cheryl and Michael.

Chan Christine

August 2, 2019

To : Pat, Cheryl, Michael & families

My deepest condolences to you & families for the passing of Phil on July 28.

Phil had been a visionary leader @ AT&T who was well respected, admired & liked by many of us - his friends, colleagues and business associates in Singapore & the Asia Pacific region where he had worked for several years.

It was my privilege & honor to have had the experience of working with Phil; he was smart, thoughtful & always had an encouraging word for anyone whenever necessary.

Phil will be dearly missed & fondly remembered in our hearts.

May he Rest In Peace in God’s grace. May his family be comforted in this time of bereavement.

Chris

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Biography

Phil was born on March 21, 1948 in Culver, Indiana to Irvin and Irma (Stevens) Overmyer. The family moved to Illinois shortly after. While he was young, Phil often enjoyed spending his summers at his grandparents’ farm back in Culver, Indiana. He graduated from Naperville High School in 1966. He went on to graduate from the University of Illinois with a masters degree in Electrical Engineering. While he was there, he managed the University’s radio station, WPGU.

After graduation Phil worked for Illinois Bell and had a very successful career in telecommunications with AT&T. He met his wife, Patricia, in New York and they married in 1980. He attended the prestigious Sloan program at Stanford University and then moved to Singapore in 1989, where he worked for AT&T until 2001. After retiring, he took a position as Managing Director of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, where he worked until 2014. Phil loved his life in Singapore and all the people he met and travels he took. He enjoyed hiking and nature photography. Some of his favorite photos were of New England. He loved going out to dinner with friends and enjoyed lively conversations. He and his wife retired to Austin, TX.