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John Leroy (Jack) Harvey

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John (Jack) Leroy Harvey
John (Jack) Leroy Harvey, passed away on July 22, 2016, at his home in Yuba City, CA at the age of 86. His death follows the passing of his beloved wife of 47 years, three weeks earlier.

Jack was born May 4, 1930, at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Illinois, the second of three boys. Jack and his older brother were born to Clarence Floyd Harvey and Elsie Ines Condit. After the passing of Jack's father, his third brother was born to his step father Floyd Herbert Icenogle and Elsie. Jack graduated from Miami Jackson High School in 1949. He played semi-professional football on a farm team for the Miami Dolphins from the time he graduated until he joined the US Naval Reserves in 1951. He completed training as a Construction Electrician Mate at the Construction Battalion Center, Port Hueneme, CA.

After serving in the Korean War aboard the U.S.N.S. Brewster, he returned home and married Melvina Pearl Stroup in April of 1955, in Peoria, Illinois and began working as a licensed electrician as well as pastor to a local church. They had five children together (one of whom died shortly after birth) before he tragically lost Melvina to cancer in 1967.

On October 6, 1968, he married Adell (Dollie) Crawford Farley, a widow with three children of her own. A year after moving into a farm house in East Peoria, they had a daughter bringing the total number of the Harvey/Farley gang to an even ten. Jack and Dollie owned an electrical sign business, "Harvey's Lustrilite." Having a passion for ministry, they began a family ministry called the "Happy Sounds" where on weekends, they performed concerts and during the summer months conducted vacation bible schools for various churches throughout the country.

Following the 1976 dam failure in Teton, Idaho and the resulting flood disaster, Jack and Dollie decided to sell their electrical business and move to Teton as volunteers with the Interfaith Disaster Coalition. During the next 40 years the couple gave their time, money and energy to every opportunity for service that came their way including starting Faith Bible Church in Teton serving as the Protestant chaplains at one of Idaho's juvenile detention centers, pastoring churches in Driggs and Heyburn, Idaho, and Arlee, Montana. They also ministered in migrant camps throughout the Southwest, volunteered at a community recreation center, counseled the terminally ill and their families, established summer camps for children from low-income families, and entertained patients in nursing homes, state hospitals and city missions. In 1996 Jack became the Director of the Missionary Gospel Fellowship and moved to Turlock, CA with his wife until he retired to Magalia, CA in 2007. He and Dollie eventually moved to Yuba City to be closer to family.

On Saturday, January 3, 2009, the Honorable John Boozman of Arkansas, in the House of Representatives officially recognized Jack and Dollie Harvey's 40th Anniversary and the work that they had done over the past 40 years together.

Jack is survived by his brother, Don Icenogle, of Chillicothe, IL, children, Mari Farley Serebrov (Job) of Sheridan, AR, Lisa Harvey Lewis of Helena, MT, Rhonda Harvey Sams (Darryl) of Wilder, ID, John Harvey (Traci) of Yuba City, Joe Harvey (Gigi) of Irvine, CA, Jeff Farley (Trish) of Yuba City, and Rebekah Harvey (Suzanne Sermon) of Boise, ID; and a daughter-in-law, Virginia Schlumpf Farley of Loveland, CO. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and "adopted" grandkids who all called him Grandpa Jack.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Melvina Pearl Stroup, second wife Adell Crawford, brother Robert Lavenve Harvey, daughter Sally Joe Harvey, son William Thomas Farley Jr., and a granddaughter Jaymi Farley Long.

A combined memorial service for Jack and Dollie will be held at Cooper Avenue Baptist Church in Yuba City, CA on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 6:30PM.

Donations in Jack's memory may be made to Cooper Avenue Baptist Church's Battered Women's Ministry or to the House of Prayer's youth ministry.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on July 31, 2016
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