Gerald Harvey, age 87, a resident of Chillicothe, went home to meet his Lord at The Baptist Home, Chillicothe, on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
He was born the son of Scott and Gertrude (Scadden) Harvey on May 2, 1925, in St. Joseph. Following graduation in 1943 from Central High School in St. Joseph, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp, eventually serving in Central Europe, until he was captured and held as a POW in Germany for the remainder of World War II. He attended William Jewell College where he earned his B.A. degree. He completed a Master of Divinity at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ken., and a Doctor of Ministry at the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. He was recognized as a master photographer by the Professional Photographers of America. On Aug. 10, 1946, he was united in marriage to Eunice Pearl Listrom in St. Louis. She preceded him in death on March 16, 2012. They served as Baptist Missionaries, for 24 years, in the southern African country of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. Following their missionary service they traveled all over the world visiting family, missionary families and seeing new places. After retirement from the mission field he worked at State Fair Community College in Sedalia in the media department and teaching photographic classes.
Gerald was a member of the First Baptist Church, Chillicothe, and a former member of the First Baptist Church, Sedalia. He was a member of the American EX-POW organization, serving as Past National Commander, Past Missouri Commander, Current Missouri Chaplain, and Current National Chaplain.
Survivors include five daughters, Judy Miller and husband Gary of Chillicothe, Janet Graves and husband Dudley of Rome, Italy, Jill Owens and husband Tim of Bangkok, Thailand, Joy Simpson and husband Kendall of Olathe, Kan., and Jennifer Wright and husband Bobby of Sedalia; 28 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife, Eunice Harvey.
Funeral service will be held at the First Baptist Church, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. A family visitation will be held at the First Baptist Church, Chillicothe, on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Friends may call at Lindley Funeral Home on Friday, Jan. 4 from 12 noon until 8 p.m. A graveside service will be held in Memorial Park Cemetery on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 3:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the North Missouri Baptist Home and/or American Ex-Prisoners of War and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, PO Box 47, Chillicothe, Mo., 64601. Online condolences can be made at www.lindleyfuneralhome.com.
Services are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe.