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Obit: Richard Robert Harvey V

Sat, Mar 21st 2015 07:00 am

Richard Robert Harvey V went home to our lord and savior Jesus Christ Sunday, March 15, 2015, at the age of 80. He was the loving husband of the late Kay Klute Harvey.

He is survived by three daughters, Kendra Jordan (Cary), Allison St. James and Jennifer Croy (Jefferson); his nine grandchildren, Evan, Griffin, Lindsey and Patrick Jordan (Courtney), and Jordan Hebrank, Peyton St. James and Maxwell and Samantha Croy. He is preceded in death by his sister, Linda Harvey.

He was a longtime companion of the late Sharon McGilaway and her children, Margo Fanning (Richard), Michael McGilaway (Lyn) and their children, Cailin and Matthew Fanning and Aloha and Bruce McGilaway.

Richard had a deep love and abiding faith in the lord, which was evident in the way he lived his life. He was born in Lewiston to the late Richard and Agnes Harvey. He graduated from Lewiston High School and attended the University of Virginia.

During his early years, Richard enjoyed the game of golf. He participated in the Porter Cup Golf Tournament, which his father, Richard Harvey IV, founded at the Niagara Falls Country Club in Niagara Falls. Richard eventually became a scratch golfer.

Richard also had a passion for flying, which he achieved when he joined the U.S. Naval Reserves. He successfully completed his pilot license, which enabled him to be a Naval aviator and instructor, LTJG.

After meeting the love of his life, Kay Klute, in Pensacola, Florida, the two moved to St. Louis, where they established a home for their family. Richard started his career as the executive director of Patricia Stevens Career College. This was the beginning of his lifelong commitment to education.

Richard served on the Junior Chamber of Commerce, AICS, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Webster Groves Presbyterian Church board of deacons and Webster Groves Rotary. He was the Webster Groves Presbyterian Church confirmation class instructor. Richard was on many additional educational committees, which gave him the opportunity to mentor many.

He was a devoted and kind, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Richard always saw the good in everyone and thrived on building new friendships. He had a zest for life that was contagious and it helped him keep a positive outlook through all of his challenges. He truly embraced the vision of life.

A sincere thank you to the Webster Groves Rotary Club, Manor Grove Home and all the dear friends that supported and cared for him through the years. He deeply cherished each and every one of those relationships.

A memorial service to celebrate Richard's life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 15, at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church (sanctuary), 45 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, Missouri. A reception at the church will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the following: Manor Grove Memorial Garden, 711 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, Missouri, 63122 (attention Lisa Hardebeck), or Webster Groves Rotary Foundation, 520 Sherwin Drive, Webster Groves, Missouri 63119. Online condolences may be sent to www.gerberchapel.com.

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