MONARCH Robert "Bob" L. Harvey, 77, of Monarch and formerly of Geraldine, a farmer, died of natural causes Saturday, Feb. 23, at a local care facility.
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A memorial service is 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, 610 2nd Ave N, Great Falls. A private burial will take place at a later date. Bob and his family request casual dress attire. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Bob was born Jan. 18, 1936, to George and Helen (Kauffmann) Harvey in Geraldine. He graduated from Geraldine High School and received his associate degree in welding and mechanics from Northern Montana College in Havre. He married CoraLee Faller on March 8, 1958, in Great Falls, and they lived in Fort Benton, where they had three children. He was a mechanic until they moved to the family farm in Geraldine in 1966. Always a horseman, from ponies to bronc riding (which CoraLee made him give up) to draft horses, he loved all animals, including his children's and grandchildren's pets. Bob was a member of the Chouteau County Sheriff's Posse and was elected president of the Montana State Sheriff's Posse Association in 1968. In 1972, he was a founding member of the Chouteau County Trailblazers. and he participated with his team and wagon for 25 years. After his years with the wagon train, he still enjoyed taking the locals on many sleigh rides and brides and grooms to their reception in his "Surrey with the Fringe on Top."
Although Montana was his only home, Bob and CoraLee enjoyed traveling with friends and family from England to Hawaii. In 1998, they purchased a home in Monarch, and they retired there in 2000. Their home was always filled with friends and family for any occasion, which always put a smile on his face.
Bob is survived by his wife, CoraLee Harvey of Monarch; daughters Linda (Tom) Campbell of Kalispell and Brenda (John) Siebrandt of Geraldine; son Rob Harvey of Monarch; sister Dorothy (Jim) Clark of Fort Benton; brother Chuck (Vicki) Harvey of Townsend; grandchildren Dan (Danielle) Engellant, Leslie Engellant, Jeremiah Moog and Jack Gordon; brother-in-law Ken (Jacki) Faller; sister-in-law Deb Clarke; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, George and Helen Harvey; and his father and mother-in-law, Earl and Lucille Faller.
The family requests that memorials, in lieu of flowers, be made to the United Methodist Church in Monarch, MT 59463.
Condolences may be posted online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 27, 2013