Chester Harvey Obituary

Chester (Chet) Harvey
Chester Harvey
Chester (Chet) Harvey

March 30, 1920 - January 22, 2008
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Chester “Chet” Harvey 87, died peacefully, Tuesday, January 22, 2008 of COPD. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 26, 2008 at Simpson United Methodist Church. Cremation will follow the service. Visitation will be 5-8pm, Friday, January 25 at Iles Funeral Homes – Grandview Park Chapel.

Chet and his twin Lester were born March 30, 1920 to Charles and Mabel Harvey of Fort Des Moines, where he grew up and attended Lincoln High School. He joined the Iowa National Guard and received Army training in Louisiana. He was among the first Army soldiers to be sent to Europe with the 34th Division during WWII. He stormed the beaches of Normandy and was in the Battle of Bulge. After 3 ½ years in the service he worked for Solar Aircraft as a welder. He joined the Local 45 Sheet Metal Union, where he enjoyed the work and his welding buddies. He retired from The Waldinger Corporation in 1981. Chet married Anna Myrtle Love in 1940 and raised their family of five in Des Moines. Chet was a handy man for many family members and friends. He spent time working on various projects in his shop. He enjoyed cracking walnuts, feeding birds and reading. Every Tuesday he looked forward to the live music, dancing and his friends at Prairie Meadows.

Chet was preceded in death by his son, Chester R. Harvey; two grandchildren, Nancy Harvey and Matthew Sheeder; seven brothers, Ralph, Floyd, Harold, Eldon, Roland, Lester and Kenneth; his four sisters, Leah, Ione, Hazel and Dorothy and his parents.

Chet is survived by his wife of sixty-seven years, Anna Myrtle; sons, Tom (Linda) of West Des Moines, and LeRoy (Susan) of Phoenix; daughters, Judy Somers (Van) and Nancy Bonanno (John Sullivan) all of Des Moines; 14 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

Memorial contributions may be made to Simpson United Methodist Church or to his family.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty & well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out and proclaiming, “WOW WHAT A RIDE!”


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Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Friday, January 25, 2008
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Simpson United Methodist Church
2600 Capitol Avenue
Des Moines, IA US
Saturday, January 26, 2008
10:30 AM


Simpson United Methodist Church
2600 Capitol Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50317
To The Family c/o Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50317