Richard “Dick” Anton Harvey, age 86, of Ripon, WI and Spring Hill, FL passed away on Monday, April 12, 2021 with his family by at his side at his home in Florida, after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
Dick was born September 12, 1934 in Ripon, WI, son of Richard and Mildred (Rivers) Harvey. He graduated Ripon High School in 1952 and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison Farm and Industry Short Course Program. He was a lifelong farmer, farming with his parents on his family’s dairy farm near Ripon. Richard married Joyce Schaefer on August 28, 1971.
He was a member of the the Army Reserves and served his country for 38 years retiring in 1989. He was a member of St. Catherine of Sienna (St. Wenceslaus) Catholic Church and served on the church council. He also served for many years as a liturgical assistant and served communion to shut ins. He was well known for playing Santa Claus for many Ripon area families. For 52 years he forged through many snowstorms to ensure children had their Christmas visit from Santa.
In retirement he enjoyed traveling. He and Joyce purchased a RV and spent many years visiting all 49 states. He pointed out there was not a bridge, so he could not drive to Hawaii. Dick and Joyce became “snowbirds” for many years wintering in Florida. He enjoyed coming back to Wisconsin each year to continue to plant his corn fields, work in his large garden, hunt, help grandchildren with 4-H projects and take them fishing.
Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Joyce (Schaefer) Harvey; his son, Richard (Bonnie Baskett-Harvey) Harvey of Chippewa Falls, WI; daughter, Rebecca (Matthew) Hibicki of Ripon, WI; grandchildren Josie and Jacob Harvey of Chippewa Falls, WI; Anna, Ruby, Lily, Rose, Sadie, Will, and Dixie Hibicki of Ripon, WI; sister, Barb (Elmer) Smith, Ripon; brother-in-law, Sylvester Wargula, Ripon. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Mildred Harvey; brother, Tom; sister, Patricia; sister-in-law Orlyn (Fritz) Mayer.
Inurnment and final salute with military honors for Dick will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 10:30 am, at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery, Town of Ripon, WI, with Reverend Robert A. Fictum officiating.
Memorials in Richard’s name may be directed to St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, 228 E Blossom St, Ripon, WI 54971 and HPH Hospice, Charters Health Foundation, 3010 W Azeele Street, Suite 120, Tampa, FL 33609.
“I farmed the land, I tramped the wood, these are things I understood. No grand schemes, they passed me by. I knew the brook, the hills, the sky. To hunt a bird, to wet a line, gifts from god, so good and fine. Friend and kin, I loved them so. Although I’m gone, I’m sure they know, I’m now at peace, life’s battle done, I’ve faced the foe and I have won.”
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