Richard M. “Rick” Harvey, 52, of Sedalia, died April 4, 2012, after his long battle with brain cancer. He went peacefully with his family by his side. He was born on Oct. 20, 1959, in Sedalia. He was a son of Harold M. “Red” and C. Elaine Paxton Harvey.
He was raised and educated in Sedalia and graduated from Smith Cotton High School in 1978.
He enlisted in the US Marine Corp and began basic training at Marine Corp Recruit Depot in California. He served on the ship USS Coral Sea and was in the Persian Gulf during the Iranian Hostage Crisis.
After completing four years of service, he returned to Sedalia and began working at Whiteman Air Force Base for JC&N Transit Alert. During his time with JC&N, he traveled to Albuquerque, NM, Fort Worth, Texas, Wichita, Kan., and Little Rock, Ark., setting up new contracts before returning to Sedalia. In 2004, he went to work for Raytheon at WAFB, who later changed to Vertex. Later in his career, he was accepted into the Department of Defense Civil Service until his illness in 2011.
His first love was working on the B2 at WAFB. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle and watching NASCAR racing with his friends.
He is survived by his parents; three brothers, Gary (Bev), of Blue Springs, Larry (Rachel), of Segrada Beach, Mo., and Randy; two sisters, Rhonda (Dave) Quiqley and Roberta Lemieux (Chris Lewis), all of Sedalia. He was also blessed with several aunts and uncles, 12 nieces and nephews, and 11 great nieces and nephews.
Visitation with friends and family will be held from 1 until 2 p.m., Saturday, April 7 at Rea Funeral Chapel.
Following visitation a graveside service will be held at Crown Hill Cemetery at 2:30 p.m., with Rev. Jerry Jones officiating. The McConnell Air Force Base Honor Guard, Wichita, Kan., will conduct full military honors at graveside.
Urn bearers will be Craig Harvey, Tyler Harvey, Sheldon Harvey and Brandon Minkler.
Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research in care of the funeral chapel.
Condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.reafuneralservice.com