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Enlowe Ellsworth “Jack” Harvey, age 90, of Norton, Kansas passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Norton County Hospital in Norton, Kansas. He was born on February 1, 1929 on the family farm northwest of Inavale, Nebraska to Guy W. & Martha L. (Springer) Harvey. He attended country school in Webster County, Nebraska and graduated from Inavale High School with the Class of 1947. He attended Dana College in Blair, Nebraska for 1 year. He served in the U.S. Army and enlisted in the Reserve Corps and was honorably discharged in 1951. He then married Leila L. Andersen on May 22, 1949 at her parent’s home in Bladen, Nebraska. To this union two sons were born Von Ellsworth and Garold G. “Gary”. Leila and Jack celebrated 38 years of marriage before her death in July of 1987. He was again united in marriage to Mary (Hiser) Paden at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Norton, Kansas on April 29, 1989. He farmed for a few years before becoming Postmaster in Inavale from 1960 to 1966. He then worked construction and manufacturing in Grand Island, Nebraska. In 1972, he was employed by the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island, Nebraska. After moving to Norton, Kansas in 1982, he worked for Valley Hope in the maintenance department from 1982 until his retirement in 1998. He was a former member of the American Legion Harmonson Redd Post #63 of Norton, the National Rifle Association, Elk’s Club and Platt-Deutsch of Grand Island. He was a loyal Nebraska Cornhusker fan of football, baseball, and “women’s” volleyball. Past instructor of the Daisy B-B gun safety program. He enjoyed hunting deer, antelope, turkeys, and pheasants. He coached for many years the boy’s baseball teams during little league. He was an active and passionate follower of his grandchildren’s school and sporting events. He was a master at gardening and loved to grow things. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Phillipsburg, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Leila L., sister Renee (Brough) Gaskill, brother Eugene B. “Bud” Harvey, brother-in-law Donald Brough, Gerald Yelken, Milton Fehr, Lyle Niemeyer, Owen Gaskill, Robert Hiser, sisters-in-law Ruth (Cline) Harvey, Genevieve Cromer, Rose Fehr, Moniema Niemeyer, Vada Harvey, niece Carla Harvey, father-in-law Charles L. Hiser and mother-in-law Ruth Hiser He is survived his wife Mary Margaret Harvey of Norton, Kansas, Sons: Von E. (Sue) Harvey of Lincoln, Nebraska, Garold G. “Gary” (Barbara) Harvey of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Randall L. “Randy” (Amy) Paden of Solomon, Kansas, Sister Roberta Yelken of Franklin, Nebraska, Grandchildren: Christine “Chris”, Mary Ann, Tim (Tanya), Matt (Quinn), Amber, Megan, Kimberly (Kenny), Jaime, Brieanna, Bailey, Great-Grandchildren: Nyleigh Carbaugh, Paisley and Paityn Harvey, and Tatum Wozniceka, Lucy Ann Hunter, Jackson Krug, Brothers-in-law Tom (Vicki) Hiser, Sister-in-law Betty Jo Hiser; many nieces and nephews. Jack was a simple man, a man of faith, honor, compassion, and courage. His legacy will be in the good that he accomplished throughout his lifetime. He was our family hero. May God bless his memory. The family is honoring his wish for cremation. Memorial services at First Lutheran Church in Phillipsburg, Kansas is planned in the near future. Private family inurnment will be at East Lawn Cemetery in Bladen, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the East Lawn Cemetery Maintenance Fund in Bladen, Nebraska or First Lutheran Church in Phillipsburg, Kansas. Wenburg Funeral Home of Beaver City, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences or personal reflections can be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com.
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