Charles Thomas Overstreet of Hotchkiss died Jan. 14, 2019, at HopeWest Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 86.
He was born Nov. 25, 1932, in Cherokee, Okla., to Harold and Edith Overstreet. His family eventually resettled in southeast Kansas. He graduated from Girard High School in 1951. After a brief stint in college and in the Air Force he became a draftsman for Boeing.
He married Rosalie Link in Wichita, Kan., in 1954. They moved to Arlington, Texas, in 1957 for Mr. Overstreet to pursue an engineering job with Chance Vought Corp., later known as LTV Inc. He spent the majority of his 35-year career helping design both military and commercial aircraft. Toward the end of his career he was sent to work on the B2 stealth bomber in Palmdale, Calif., and the 777 in Seattle, Wash. He retired in 1992.
The Overstreets spent many summer vacations camping in the mountains to escape the Texas heat. In the late 80s they happened upon a property for sale called the Sage Dome Art Gallery in Hotchkiss. The property was in disrepair, and the Overstreets spent much of their retirement designing and remodeling that old art gallery.
Mr. Overstreet is survived by his wife, Rosalie Overstreet of Hotchkiss; and sons, Dr. Charles Overstreet Jr. of Kennedale, Texas, Jay Overstreet of Lake Dallas, Texas, Jeff Overstreet of Howe, Texas, and Greg Overstreet of Little Elm, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Bob Overstreet of Ozawkie, Kan., and Sam Overstreet of Arvada.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the First Baptist Church in Hotchkiss.
Brown's Cremation & Funeral Service handled the arrangements.