July 26, 1927 – June 8, 2012
Funeral services for Ronald Dwight Harvey were held June 18 at Grace Chapel Church in Story. Ronald died in Billings, Mont., on June 8 after a two-year battle with cancer.
He was born July 26, 1927, in Omaha, Neb., the son of Howard A. and Vera F. Bovee Harvey. When Ron was a young child, the family moved to Greybull. They later moved to Casper. They moved to San Diego during World War II where Howard worked for Consolidated Aircraft Company.
Ron graduated from high school in San Diego in 1944 and joined the U.S. Navy in 1946. He was stationed on Roi-Namur Island during Operation Crossroads. His parents had moved back to Greybull and Ron visited them when he was on leave.
After his discharge he enrolled at the University of Wyoming on the GI Bill and graduated in 1953 with his bachelor’s degree in agriculture.
He married Joanne Ball in 1955.
Ron worked for the Bureau of Land Management for 13 years. In 1967, he and Joanne moved to Lander where he owned and managed a farm and ranch real estate office for 15 years.
After retiring from real estate, Ron spent many years as a “gentleman farmer,” raising hay and horses on a small farm north of Lander.
In 1992, Ron and Joanne moved to Vermont to be near their grandchildren. The couple worked together as tollhouse managers for the Carthusian Foundation, a sect of Catholic monks who operate a monastery on Equinox Mountain in Sunderland, Vt.
Ron and Joanne opened two Curves for Women franchises in Adams and North Adams, Mass., which they operated for five years.
In 2011, they moved to Story to live with their daughter. Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing, his horses, clogging, gardening and spending time with his family.
He was a life member of the American Legion and was an active member in Community Churches wherever he lived.
Ron was preceded in death by his father Howard A. Harvey and his stepmother Lois F. Harvey; his mother and stepfather, Vera and Kenneth Hannon and his sister Frances Harvey Phipps of Weiser, Idaho.
He is survived by his wife Joanne Harvey and daughter Susan Grant of Story; his son and daughter-in-law Daniel and Maureen Harvey of Arlington, Vt.; brother Duane Harvey of Lovell and sister Lois Harvey Larsen of Nampa, Idaho; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Contributions in memory of Ron can be made to the Edward A. Whitney Academic Center at Sheridan College for medical education technology. Donations can be made payable to: Sheridan College Foundation, 3059 Coffeen Ave., Sheridan, WY 82801.