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Sgt. Gary Lee Harvey, age 60, of rural Lakeview, passed away early Saturday morning, June 25, 2005, at his home after a brief struggle with cancer. The middle son of Ivan P. & Edna (Cole) Harvey, he was born on Dec. 15, 1944 in Grand Rapids. Raised in Langston, Gary graduated from Lakeview High School in 1963 and then began an active duty career with the Michigan National Guard serving with the 1073rd Maintenance unit in Greenville and with the Organizational Maintenance Shop in Grand Ledge, retiring as a Platoon Sgt. First Class after 34 years. On July 9, 1966, in Langston, he married the former Judy Ann Copeland of Greenville.

Sgt. Harvey served as part of the peacekeeping forces when the National Guard was mobilized during the Detroit race riots in the 1960s and was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, serving in Kuwait and Iraq during the first round of hostilities in the troubled Persian Gulf region. A member of the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101 in Greenville, the Hough-Pontius Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3701 in Lakeview, and the Trufant Masonic Lodge No. 456 F&AM, he had also been a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician with the original Lakeview Rescue Squad and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Rick Harvey, along with Rickys wife, Linda, and their daughter, Missy, all in the same tragic auto accident; also by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Steve Copeland in an plane crash.

Surviving are his wife of almost 39 years, Judy Harvey; a daughter, Cherish & Ken Berg of Chicago, Ill.; twin sons, Gavin & Dawn Harvey of Warren, and Trevor & Ann Harvey of Grand Rapids; two precious grandchildren, Brennen Ivan Harvey and Grace Marie Harvey; his older brother and a sister-in-law, Ron & Myla Harvey of rural Stanton; several nieces and nephews; and many cousins.

Memorial services are at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, 2004 at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville. The Rev. Jim Wilcox, Garys cousin and the retired pastor of the Sheridan Assembly of God, will officiate, with Masonic rites conducted by the Trufant Lodge No. 456 F&AM, and Military honors rendered jointly by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. As Gary requested, cremation has taken place and burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Langston. Honoring his wishes, the family invites relatives and friends to join them as they celebrate his life on Saturday evening, July 2, 2005 from 6-8 p.m. at the Greenville American Legion Post. Instead of flowers, for a more lasting tribute to Garys memory, the family suggests contributions to either the American Cancer Society or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.


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