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John Robert Harvey

March 15, 1925 June 4, 2014
John Robert Harvey
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Obituary for John Robert Harvey

Worthington, MN


      John Robert Harvey, age 89, was born on March 15, 1925 in Onida, SD, the son of Samuel and Christena (Keller) Harvey. He spent most of his childhood in and around the LeMars, IA area. He moved to San Diego, CA with his parents and sister. John finished high school and then graduated from San Diego Industrial Arts School. He returned to Iowa in the late 1940’s and then moved to Worthington, MN, where he started working at Guy Manufacturing. John was a skilled tradesman. Thru the years he was a cabinet maker, tile setter and installed window blinds. John married BettyAnn Deloris Larson on March 30, 1948, in Dakota City, NE. They made their home in the Worthington and Brewster areas. John and BettyAnn were very proud of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. As a family they enjoyed traveling. In 2002 he was able to take his dream trip to the Seattle Space Needle and Pacific Highway. John and BettyAnn spent their winters in Arizona in their later years. He was devoted to his religion. John was very creative and enjoyed writing poetry, painting and drawing. He also loved playing the accordion, guitar, keyboard and the harmonica. John was a loving, giving, caring father, a wonderful grandfather and great grandfather. He always had a soft spot for kids.

      John died on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the Crossroads Care Center in Worthington, MN

      John is survived by four children: Lynda (Terry) McNab of Brewster, MN and their children Kelsey (Paulette) McNab of Fulda, MN and Robert (Bobbie Jo) McNab of Brewster, MN, Roger (Cindy) Harvey of Worthington, MN and their daughter Brandy Harvey of Sioux Falls, SD, Rodney (Donna) Harvey of Worthington, MN and their children Gina (Anthony) Katona of Heron Lake, MN and Jonathan “Shorty” (Vieng) Harvey of Worthington, MN and Carolyn Nichols and special friend Paul Soleta of Windom, MN and her children Cheryl Nichols of Queen Creek, AZ, Kathy Nichols, Rachel Nichols and Brenda Nichols all of Windom, MN; 21 great grandchildren and a sister Dorothy Herbst of Hinton, IA. He was preceded in death by his wife, grandson Adam Harvey, parents, two brothers Harold and Leo and a sister Josephine.

      Memorial services will be held on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Benson Funeral Home Chapel in Worthington, MN. Burial will be in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

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