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Ronald Dwight Harvey

Jul 8, 2012 - Staff

Former Lander resident Ronald D. Harvey, 84, died Friday, June 8, 2012, in Billings, Mont., after a two-year battle with cancer.

Services were June 18 at Grace Chapel Church in Story with Bill Dill officiating.

Interment will be in Quiet Rest Cemetery at Story with military rites by the American Legion and the Wyoming National Guard.

Ronald Dwight Harvey was born July 26, 1927, in Omaha, Neb., to Howard A. Harvey and Vera F. (Bovee) Harvey.

When he was young, his family moved from Omaha, Neb., to Greybull and then to Casper. During World War II, his father moved the family to San Diego to work at Consolidated Aircraft Company where the younger Mr. Harvey inspected parts for aircraft being built for WWII.

He graduated from high school in San Diego in 1944, and in 1946 he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed on Roi-Namur Island during Operation Crossroads. After being discharged from active duty in the Navy in 1947, Mr. Harvey served in the Naval Reserves for five years. In 1953, he graduated from the University of Wyoming on the GI Bill with a bachelor of science in agriculture. While at the university, he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, serving as president for one year.

He met his future wife, Joanne Ball, while at the university, and they were married in 1955 in Sheridan.

Upon graduation from the university, Mr. Harvey went to work for the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management, where he worked for 13 years.

In 1967, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey moved to Lander where he owned and managed a farm and ranch real estate office for 15 years. After retiring from real estate, Mr. Harvey spent many years as a gentleman's farmer, raising hay and horses on a small farm north of Lander.

In 1992, when Mrs. Harvey retired from teaching, they left Lander and moved to Vermont to be near their grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey worked together as tollhouse managers for the Carthusian Foundation, a sect of Catholic monks who operate a monastery on Equinox Mountain in Sunderland, Vt. After five years at the monastery, the couple opened two Curves for Women franchises in Adams and North Adams, Mass., which they operated foHis family said Mr. Harvey enjoyed hunting, fishing, his horses, clogging, gardening and spending time with his family.

He was a life member of the American Legion, and he was an active member in his community churches, wherever he lived.

Mr. Harvey is survived by his wife, Joanne Harvey, and daughter, Susan Grant of Story; son Daniel Harvey and wife Maureen of Arl-ington, Vt.; brother Duane Harvey of Lovell; sister Lois Larsen of Nampa, Idaho; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard A. Harvey and his stepmother Lois F. Harvey of Jackson; his mother, Vera Hannon; his stepfather Kenneth Hannon; and his sister Frances Phipps of Weiser, Idaho.

Memorials may benefit Sheridan College for Medical Research. Memorials in Mr. Harvey's name may be made to the Edward A. Whitney Academic Center at Sheridan College for educational technology.

Donations may be made payable to Sheridan College Foundation, 3059 Coffeen Ave., Sheridan, WY 82801.

Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home of Sheridan.

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