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Harvey, Robert Parker 1919 - 2013 SAN DIEGO -- Robert Parker "Bob" Harvey, was born to Grace and William Harvey in Rockford, Illinois, on April 11, 1919. He passed away on March 26, 2013, at age 93. In addition to his career and retirement from the U.S. Air Force, Bob had a second career as a mechanical engineer, and a third career as owner of an antiques shop in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego. Bob enlisted in the military during WWII where he was stationed on the island of New Guinea for several years. He met his wife Louise in San Francisco while waiting to ship overseas. Louise was in the Women's Air Corp (WAC). Later, as he advanced to the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Air Force, he had several duty stations in Northern and Southern Italy; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Bob later attended Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, where he majored in engineering. His daughter Anne was born while Bob was a student at Purdue. He moved to San Diego, CA, after his retirement from the Air Force, as that was the family home of his wife, Louise. Here they became much admired for their work in preservation of an older (1906) commercial and residential building on West Lewis Street in Mission Hills in the early1980s. It was here they had two separate businesses; an antiques shop called the Whooping Crane, and An Old English Tearoom. With their participation in improving the building, they became a part of revitalizing the neighborhood through participation on the Mission Hills business Association and living in an apartment above their business. With their friendly manner and enthusiasm for the neighboorhood, they added both trees and benches along West Lewis St., helping it become the popular shopping district it is today. Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Louise; his brother, Dick, and sisters Polly and Jane. He is survived by his daughter Anne Rast of San Diego, and his grandson, Christopher, nieces and nephew. Bob's remains will be interred at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery with military honors on May 10, 2013. A celebration of life is planned for a future date at the home of Anne and Bob Rast in Mission Hills. Memorial donations can be sent to Special Delivery, 4021 Goldfinch S., San Diego, CA 92103; or Jazz88.3, KSDS-FM, 1313 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Apr. 7, 2013
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