Obituary for Robert Joesph Overton


Robert Joesph Overton

December 20, 1957 - February 15, 2020

Robert J. Overton, 62, of Indianapolis, IN passed away on Saturday, February 15th, 2020. He was born to Carl E. and Ruthanna V. (Barron) Overton on December 20, 1957 in Indianapolis.

Bob practiced law for over 30 years and had served as a Commissioner in the Marion County Municipal and Superior Courts. He had also never met a golf course that he did not like.

Bob’s memory will be cherished by his wife, Brenda, of Indianapolis, IN; stepson Drew (Keri) Mariner; beloved grandchildren Annabelle, Elijah, and Simon, all of Greenwood, IN; brother, Michael E. Overton; and nephew, John W. Overton, both of Indianapolis, IN whom he loved deeply. He was preceded in death by both his father and mother.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made in Bob’s memory to the Johnson County Animal Shelter, 2160 N. Graham Rd., Franklin, IN 46131.

David Carter posted on May 2, 2020

Brenda (Carter) and I are sorry to hear about Bob. I enjoyed working for him in Marion County Court while I was going to law school in the late 90's. I respected Bob, Commissioner Overton back then, and respect doesn't come easily. He gave me good advice on the law and other life issues, including not to waste too much time waiting for the perfect law job to come my way but to make a future for myself. Now I have my own business and taught in college. I have a few quotes of his I still use and taught to my students. One was essentially "I can't just create more time for you." which he told people who didn't want to wait for their cases to progress or didn't want to file paperwork when the due dates rolled around. Bob, I wish I could create time and give you more. Our condolences go out to his wife Brenda and all of his friends and family. -David and Brenda Carter

Doug Stephens posted on February 26, 2020

Bob, Kevin Surface and I were part of the longest running card game at may have lasted 3 years. If you went to class someone took your place. Bob was my best man and a true friend. We have not been close lately but he was a true trailblazer for the rest of us misfits that became lawyers. We knew if Bob could do it there was hope for the rest of us. I have many stories I would like to share but we all do. Please use social media to advise us of the date. If I am alive and in town I will be there!

Paul Gerhardt posted on February 24, 2020

Bob was one of my best legal buddies many years ago! I first met Bob when he was a bailiff and I was a new lawyer. We hit it off right away and graced a few bar stools in the coming years! I was not a golfer, but was an avid fisherman to Bob’s dismay. We had quite a few small civil cases against each other, and again to Bob’s dismay, my facts were usually stronger. It got to the point where he would call me and tell me he was assigned another loser by his insurance client and I was on the other side! We usually could settle these “losers”, but once in a while his client would demand a trial. We would predict the outcome and we were usually right! I won, Bob lost! I never blamed Bob for trying these cases and knew it was his client adjuster that put him in these situations! We would laugh out in the hallway after a case and I always bought him lunch or dinner with a libation or two! I am not bragging because these were truly loser cases and Bob pushed valiantly on. One time, Bob called me and said he had a witness statement on tape taken by his adjuster, but they could not find the witness. I said how can I cross examine a tape and the Judge will not admit the tape without the witness being there so I had an opportunity to cross examine. Bob said the adjuster told him to try and get the tape admitted. At trial, Bob tried to get tape in, I objected based on I cannot cross a tape machine, and Judge did not admit tape. Bob rested and Judge found in my favor! We both later agreed his adjuster was an ass! Bob then received his commissioner job and I had 3 children to raise. We met once in a while downtown and then just spoke by phone in more recent years. RIP good buddy!

Kevin Surface posted on February 21, 2020

RIP my dear friend. The friendship we formed while at IUPUi together will last with me forever. You made it feel like a real college campus experience even though we were both “commuters”. You stayed a true friend throughout all these years. I have so many memories of our time together. Thanks for being my friend.

Karen Braghetta posted on February 20, 2020

Oh Bobby, how I will miss you and our conversations! You've been like a brother to me since 1979. We've been through a lot together over the years. I will always treasure your friendship and keep you close to my heart! Love you always.. till we meet again! Brenda, I am so very sorry for your loss! I know how much Bob loved you, your family and grandchildren! For someone that didn't think he wanted kids, he was so happy spending time with the grandchildren! My condolences also go out to Mike and John. Sincerely, Karen

Jay R Shirley L. Gegenheimer posted on February 19, 2020

Bob was a very close friend we'll miss him, God called him

Alice Sloat posted on February 19, 2020

Brenda & family, So sorry for your loss, Bob was a wonderful guy. Sending strength, prayers & love. Alice

Harley Sells posted on February 19, 2020

My all time favorite, you will be dearly missed. I am so lucky to have been able to grow up in the presence of you. I will cherish our memories for as long as I can remember them. I will never forget our silly conversations, or even that one time when you ran over the median when we were going to a haunted house. When I think of you I think of a father figure. I love you so much Uncle Bob, and prayers to my sweet aunt Brenda. May God be with you through these challenging times.

Curt Peck posted on February 19, 2020

Mr. Bobbles, (like I ever just called you Bob.....) you'll be dearly missed. I enjoyed the conversations and jokes immensely during Sunday Services with you and Brenda both.

Wanda & Jody Green posted on February 19, 2020

All are love and prayers for all. He was a great guy and greatly missed so sorry for the loss.

Janna Fyffe posted on February 19, 2020

Oh Brenda my heart aches for u. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know u are in our prayers. If u need anything let us know. Blessings to u on this hard journey. We love you!

Leslie Arthur posted on February 19, 2020

Dearest Brenda our hearts are truly heavy. Please know that I am here for you. Arley sends his condolences and a big hug from abroad. Much love and peace.

Phyllis Landis posted on February 19, 2020


Britt Stine posted on February 19, 2020

Dear Brenda, I'm so sorry for your loss, wishing you and your family peace and strength during this difficult time. Love you so much. ❤

Alan Figg posted on February 19, 2020

Farewell ole friend. You were a man of many interests and always willing to share those interests with others. I’m grateful for all those things you introduced me to and will miss you deeply but cherish the memories we experienced over all the years. Sending my sincere condolences to Brenda, Drew, Mike and all those who loved Bob. Prayers for peace and comfort to all. Alan Figg

John Gregg posted on February 19, 2020

Miss you my friend. My sympathy to Brenda, Michael and all the family. Bob wand I met 39 yea ago at Law School. We studied for all our exams, bar exam and spent hours together. Smart, witty, fun loving, kind and always had a smile. You were ome of a kind. John Gregg Sandborn IN

Wesley Jeffers posted on February 19, 2020

So sorry for your loss , love you Brenda


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