Robert Devoy "Bob" Overby, 77, of Astoria, died Thursday, May 3, 2007, in Astoria.

He was born April 24, 1930 in Portland.

He attended Jefferson High School in Portland before joining the U.S. Army in 1946. He took part in the reconstruction of Germany.

He married Marcie Kinnunen Sept. 12, 1959. She survives, residing in Astoria.

In 1948, Mr. Overby moved to Seaside, where he was employed at Piggly Wiggly for a short time. He and a friend purchased a small grocery store in Seaside.

In the early 1950s, Mr. Overby moved to Astoria to manage the Astoria Piggly Wiggly. He purchased Bemer Grocery in Astor Court, closing it in the mid-1950s and purchasing Astor Court Grocery. He and his wife worked and operated the business until their retirement in 2000.

Family members say he was known as "Honest Bob" and the "Mayor of Astor Court" by many. He loved to travel and enjoyed several trips to Hawaii and Lake Tahoe.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Carlton and Barbara Overby of Gresham and Donald and Barbara Overby of Dayton, N.J.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Erlene and Don Fivecoat of Dundee and Sharon and Tom Kammerzell of Seattle; two nephews and a spouse, Mike and Maureen Springer of Hillsboro and Darrel Springer of Astoria; two nieces and a spouse, Cheri and Dock Blastic of Hazel Dell, Wash., and Cindy Graham of Astoria; and 16 additional nieces and nephews.

A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Peace Lutheran Church at 12th and Exchange streets.

A reception will follow at the Astoria Senior Center, 1111 Exchange St.

Private interment will take place at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society for research or to the American Heart Association, in care of Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave., Astoria, OR 97103.

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