Eugene L. Harvey Sr. age 81, of Colon, passed away, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at Sturgis Hospital.
Gene was born Aug. 15, 1928, in White Pigeon, a son to the late George R. and Gladys V. (Hackman) Harvey.
He served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater during World War II.
Gene had lived most all of his adult life in the Sherwood and Colon area where he had worked for Post Cereal in Battle Creek for 32 years retiring in 1983, he had also farmed.
On Nov. 1, 1947, he married Beatrice Carpenter. She preceded him in death on July 31, 1977.
Later on Aug. 2, 1986, he married Margaret (Seafert) Miller in Colon. She preceded him in death on Jan. 4, 2008.
He was a member of the Colon American Legion Post #454, Colon Masonic Lodge, Sturgis V.F.W. Post #1355, and the Sturgis Eagles. He enjoyed the out-of-doors, hunting, fishing and gardening. He was also a big Detroit Lions and Tigers fan.
He is survived by a son, Eugene L. (Cheryl) Harvey Jr. of Colon; daughter, Linda (John) Phillips of Fayetteville, NC; step-daughter, Marlene “Martie” (Dave) Clark of Sturgis; step-son, Stephen (Rita) Miller of Sturgis; grandchildren, Eugene L. (Cindy) Harvey III, Jennifer (Chris) Greenwald, Jeff (Carolyn) Phillips and Andrew (Gabrielle) Phillips; 14 great-grandchildren; step grandchildren, David (Tracy) Clark, Tami Deroshia, Joseph (Lynn) Miller, Sara Miller, Gary Miller, Jeremy (Laura) Miller, Erik (Korinna) Miller and Brittany (Jake) Lohse; four sisters, Maxine (Albert) Schrock of Shelbyville, Ill., Joanne (Ben) Laforce of Leonidas, Joyce Coburn of Burr Oak and Gloria Dovey of Nottawa; three brothers, Millard “Earl” (Martine) Harvey of Colon, Howard Harvey of Mesick and Melvin (Phyllis) Harvey of Tennessee and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a step son Gary Miller; brother Stanley G. Harvey; and a sister Wilma Persing.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, from 4-8 p.m. at the Schipper Funeral Home LTD. in Colon. Funeral services celebrating the life of Eugene L. Harvey Sr. will be Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at 11 a.m. from the funeral home with Mr. David J. Farrell officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Colon, with Military Honors conferred by the Colon American Legion and Sturgis V.F.W.
If desired the family suggest memorials be made in memory of Gene to the Colon American Legion Christmas Fund.
Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.