Harvey graduated from Mountain Grove High School in 1941. On February 15, 1948, Harvey was united in marriage with Willetta Mae Halliburton. They lived on a farm north of Mountain Grove for 38 years. Harvey raised beef cattle while working at Brown Shoe Factory. He also worked at Tri-County Feed Mill and as an electrician wiring many houses in the Mountain Grove area.
Harvey loved to go fishing with family and friends and often went to Montauk State Park early in the morning. He usually did not return home until he had caught his limit.
Harvey enjoyed visiting with friends and family and could easily discuss most any topic, often injecting many stories with lots of humor. Gardening was more than just a hobby for Harvey. He often raised enough food to gladly share with others.
Harvey and Willetta had one daughter, Janice Ruth, and one son, Leland Dwain. He was a member of Greenwood Church of the Brethren for many years followed by membership at South Street Church of God.
Harvey was preceded in death by his three brothers, Elmer, Galen, and Marvin, and one sister, Evelyn.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Willetta; his daughter, Janice Bean and husband, Charlie Bean of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; his son, Leland Neher of Ashland, Missouri; a granddaughter, Jana Bean of Roanoke, Virginia; two grandsons, Stock Neher of Ashland, Missouri, and Max Neher of Columbia, Missouri; and a sister, Lorene Neher of Cabool, Missouri.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home with Carl Phipps officiating. Music was provided by Joe Golden, Willie Swofford and Bobbye Ward. Pallbearers were Paul Peterson, Tom Coats, Stock Neher, Max Neher, Darrell Neher, and Tim Whetstine. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to South Street Church Of God or the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.