- Cullman, Alabama

April 27, 2013

Vernon Ray Overturf

Moss-Service Funeral Home

CULLMAN — Vernon Ray Overturf

Funeral services for Vernon Ray Overturf, 66, of Cullman will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2013, at Moss-Service Funeral Home Chapel, with interment in Shedd Cemetery.

Moss-Service Funeral Home of Cullman directing.

Mr. Overturf passed away Friday, April 26, at his residence. He was born Jan. 22, 1947, in St. Louis Missouri to Vernon Edward and Georgia Mae Schottmueller Overturf. Vernon joined the U.S. Army in March 1967, and became a helicopter pilot around January 1969. He received orders to Vietnam and flew combat missions until he was shot down under enemy fire, thus receiving the Purple Heart. He was back flying 10 days later, then in 1971, he was stationed back in California until he left active duty in February 1972. Vernon immediately joined the National Guard  and continued flying until his retirement in 1989.

His is survived by his wife, Valarie Anita Overturf of Cullman; a daughter, Katheryn Overturf; a sister, Judy (John) Campbell of Birmingham; a brother, Wayne (Judy) Overturf of Indianapolis, Ind.; his mother-in-law, Viva Johnson of Cullman; brothers and sisters-in-law; Allan and Linda Johnson of Cullman, Charlotte Mackin of Smokerise, Ala., and Tippi and Tom Lawson of Huntsville.

Visitation was Sunday.

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