October 17, 2018
Joyce Overocker, 86, has been called to her heavenly home on Wednesday, October 17, at Lakes Regional Healthcare, Spirit Lake, Iowa. She was surrounded by her loving family. Funeral Services were held at the Spirit Lake United Methodist Church on Monday, October 22, burial followed at the Lakeview Cemetery.
Joyce Lorrene Mitchell was born on July 11, 1932, in Estherville, Iowa, to Lyall and Agnes (Walters) Mitchell. She graduated from Spirit Lake High School in 1950. She met Roger Overocker at the Roller Skating Rink in Arnolds Park and they were united in marriage on March 24, 1951. They were blessed with 5 daughters. Joyce had a sense of pride for her family and it was always important to her to attend all of their activities.
Joyce was a member of the Spirit Lake United Methodist Church and served on many church committees. She was a lifetime member of the Dickinson County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. In 2017, Joyce received the Dean of the Dickinson County Fair award for her many years of dedication to the 4-H program and volunteering at the fair. All 5 daughters were in 4-H over the years and she was excited to see her grandchildren carry on the tradition. For many years she enjoyed attending her Neighbor Friendship Club gatherings. Roger and Joyce had a wonderful group of friends that got together to play cards for many years.
Joyce loved watching all of her kids, grandkids and great grandkids in their many activities. She was their biggest cheerleader, cheering them on from the stands or from her car. Joyce was the Spirit Lake Indians biggest fan.
She loved to bake her goodies, delivering them to others to enjoy. Her garden was her pride and joy, harvesting the vegetables, canning, freezing sweet corn and enjoying everything with her family in the winter months. Joyce and Roger raised chickens on the farm. She served many Sunday chicken dinners for her family.
Joyce is survived by her husband, Roger, of 67 years and their 5 daughters, Connie (Rich) Weimer of Okoboji, IA, Jeanie (Ted) Lowry of Gardnerville, NV, Vickie (Rick) Roghair of Hartley, IA, Marlys (Jess) Nichols of Spirit Lake, IA and Cheryl (Jay) Jira of Hartford, SD; 6 grandchildren, Jennifer (Chuck) Hynek of Colbert, WA, Angela (Jeff) Jager of Rock Rapids, IA, Kelli (Brandon) Hagedorn of Spirit Lake, IA, Leah (Ryan) Postma of Sioux Falls, SD, Jacey Jira(Wade Schoenfelder) of Mitchell, SD and Zane Jira of Hartford, SD; 8 great-grandchildren, Chloe and Connor Hynek, Ella and Emery Jager, Kyler, Kameron, Karsen and Kadeix Hagedorn; brother-in-law, Lyle Overocker of Milford, IA; sister-in-law, Carol Lee of Spencer, IA and several nieces and nephews, cousins and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, sister, brothers in-law and a special friend of the family, Jim Merklin.
Joyce’s greatest words of wisdom, were “Don’t put off until tomorrow, what you can do today”. She will be missed by many.
Turner Jenness Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.