112-year-old Richard Overton in the hospital, may go home soon


AUSTIN (KXAN) — WWII veteran and longtime Austinite Richard Overton is in the hospital with pneumonia, his family said. 

The 112-year-old is the oldest living veteran in the United States and celebrated his latest birthday in May.

His cousin, Volma Overton Jr., said Richard went to the hospital Wednesday with pneumonia and has not been able to leave. He confirmed Tuesday the doctor said he was much better than on Monday, and there’s a good chance Richard will be able to go home from St. David’s Medical Center Wednesday.

“He needs everybody’s prayers,” Volma Overton Jr. said, adding that last time Overton was hospitalized in August, everyone’s prayers worked.

Richard Overton lives in an east Austin home he built 72 years ago, which now sits on “Richard Overton Street.” Earlier this year, funds were stolen from his personal bank account but were later restored. That money was separate from the account that holds GoFundMe donations from the community that his family uses to pay for his round-the-clock care.

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