Rev. Robert Harvey | The citizen
HARVEY, REV. ROBERT D. was born in Berkley, MI on October 28, 1933. He
died August 1, 2022 at Brian’s House in Essexville.
He served as principal of Howard T. Burt and Community Service Schools at
Ortonville. In retirement, Community Service Schools were renamed
Harvey Swanson Elementary School. While in Ortonville, he was a member of the
Rotary Club and was named Citizen of the Year in 1989. He is a past president of
Michigan Elementary Principals Association Region 7. After his retirement, he
became a United Methodist clergyman and served churches in Richfield, Otter
Lake and Fremont Avenue United Methodist Church in Bay City. Next
retired from active ministry, he served as acting pastor for several
churches. He attends St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Essexville. It was one
U.S. Army veteran serving in Korea.
Survivors include his wife, the former Ruth A. Buckstiegel, whom he married in June
27, 1959. He also leaves behind his children: Jeffrey Wayne (Cora) Harvey, Douglas
Dale Harvey and Tem Noy, his grandchildren: Jeremy, Christina and Gavin
Harvey, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. It was preceded
in death by his father Edward Harvey, his mother and stepfather Dorothy and
Wayne Doris, his brother Jim and his sister Delores.
Visiting hours will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Penzien Steele Funeral Home.
The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s United
Methodist Church, Essexville. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
a.m. and 6-8 p.m. at VILLAGE FUNERAL HOME 135 South Street,
Ortonville, MI. The funeral will take place on Friday, August 5, 2022 at 11 a.m.
at Ortonville United Methodist Church (93 Church St., Ortonville, MI) with
visit from 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Ortonville Cemetery with
military honors under the auspices of the U.S. Army and the VFW Post d’Ortonville
#582. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Envelopes are available at the funeral home.