Robert Lee Harvey Sr. of Virginia Beach passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 7, 2017. Mr. Harvey was born in Jodie, West Virginia on December 11, 1939 and joined the Navy shortly after high school. He proudly served with the United States Naval Construction Battalions, better known as the Seabees, for 20 years. Joining the military allowed Mr. Harvey to travel to many places not only in the United States but around the world. He was stationed in California, Florida, Japan, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Guam, Diego Garcia, Cuba, Nakhon, Thailand, Laos, Okinawa, and finally Virginia. He retired from the military in 1981. He continued to work with the federal government as a civil servant in Norfolk, VA before retiring permanently in 2014.
Mr. Harvey was a talented musician and was awarded first chair in trumpet in the state of West Virginia during his senior year in high school. He was a naturally gifted athlete. In his youth, he was an amateur boxer, and while stationed in Japan, he played minor league baseball. At heart, he was a boy from the country who had a soft spot for dogs and a love of the outdoors. All these traits he passed on to his children and grandchildren.
Mr. Harvey was a devoted father, grandfather and friend. Surviving family members include his son Robert, daughter Lisa, daughter-in-law Virginia, grandsons Noah and Jonah, sister Jean Ratliff and brother Fred Kitchen. Surviving friends include Katsuko and Marvin Mahoney, Missy Mahoney, Roy Dodds, Alex Davis and Ava Davis.
Mr. Harvey’s services will be held at Bayside Church of Christ (5025 Shell Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455) on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 11:00am followed by interment at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, VA at 1:00pm.
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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