R.D. “Dale” Harvey, 90, of Broken Bow, formerly of North Platte, passed away Nov. 7, 2010, at Broken Bow.
He was born Aug. 12, 1920, the youngest of five children, to Isaac Franklin and Adella Belle (Pickett) Harvey in Buffalo County on the Harvey farm, south of Sweetwater.
He attended school in Poole and graduated from Ravenna High School in 1937. Dale became a map maker for the U.S. government during WWII; he then enlisted in the Merchant Marines to better serve his country. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean multiple times his ports of call were Africa, Italy and France. Ensign Harvey was honorably discharged in December 1945.
He was united in marriage to Charlotte Marie Tolle April 14, 1945. She preceded him in death Nov. 7, 1996. They had one daughter, Nancy.
In 1949, he was hired by the Union Pacific Railroad as a fireman and retired in 1986, as an engineer on the second district. Dale always said the U.P. was a great job and he always enjoyed it.
To supplement income in the early years, he joined Allen Shattuck in a floor covering business and worked until the late 1990s.
In retirement, he enjoyed volunteering with many organizations. In the VFW he was active in the Cooties and rose to Grand Commander in Nebraska district. With the Moose Lodge 551, he maintained many good relationships, he was a four-time governor, past state president, and presented with the Pilgrim Degree of Merit at the House of God in Mooseheart, Ill., in 1996, this is the highest honor of Royal Order of the Moose. Dale was a volunteer VA van driver, taking patients from North Platte to Grand Island for over 10 years. Dale was also a member of the Eagles Aerie and American Legion.
In 1999, he married Elsie Karel. She preceded him in death Aug. 16, 2008.
Dale spent the last two years living in Broken Bow to be near his family. He was loved and enjoyed by all at Off Broadway Apartments.
He is survived by his daughter, Nancy (Stan) Sedlacek of Broken Bow; three granddaughters, Angie (Lee) Jacobsen of Sidney, Amy (Scott) Cyboron of Broken Bow and April (Jamie) Becker of Columbus; 10 great-grandchildren, Alex, Andrew and Austin Jacobsen, Joshua, Alyssa, Kassidy and Evan Cyboron and Caitlin, Brayden and Hailey Becker; three nieces; and two cousins.
Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com .
Memorials are suggested to the Moose Lodge 551, North Platte Catholic Schools Endowment Fund or the Donor’s Choice.
Mass of Christian Burial was Nov 10, 2010, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Fr. Jim Golka as celebrant. Burial followed at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell with military honors. Wake services were Nov 9, 2010, at Carpenter Memorial Chapel.
Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.