Larry Harvey of Perry


Larry Harvey, 82, of Perry died Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Rowley Memorial Masonic Home in Perry.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 7 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Perry. Visitation will be Monday, July 6 from 1-7 p.m., with family present from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. and a Masonic Lodge Service at 7 p.m. at Carris Family Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry.

Memorials may be given to Rowley Memorial Masonic Home, HCI Care Services or First United Methodist Church and may be left at the Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to

Larry Lee Harvey was born July 26, 1932, at Manilla, Iowa, to Fred and Marie (Lee) Harvey.

He graduated from Bayard Consolidated High School with the class of 1950. He continued his education at the Chillicothe, Mo., Business College for telegraphy and then at Drake University.

He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.

He was united in marriage to Shirley Kay Gripp on Sept. 9, 1956, at the Bayard United Methodist Church.

Larry started working on Nov. 7, 1950, as an agent for the Milwaukee Railroad in Linden. He came to Perry after serving in the Army and became a dispatcher in 1955. During his career, he worked in Perry, Bensenville, Ill., and Ottumwa. He retired from the Railroad in 1983 when they moved the dispatchers to Illinois. After retirement he worked at the Rowley Memorial Masonic Home in Perry until 1992.

Larry was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he served on the Nomination Committee, and was the secretary for United Methodist Men.

He was also a member of the Texas Date Nail Collectors Association, National Association of Railroad Passengers, National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees and the American Legion in Perry.

He was very active in the Otley Masonic Lodge #299 in Perry, Eastern Star, Ames York Rite and the Za Ga Zig Shriners in Des Moines.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, attending sporting events, traveling, camping, and collecting railroad memorabilia, and coins. He especially loved to be with his grandchildren.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Marie; a brother, Frederick Lloyden Harvey; and a sister, Loretta Marie Schram.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Kay Harvey, of Perry; two daughters, Debra Kay (Douglas) Stream of Belgrade, Mont., and Karen Renae (Mark) Einck of Perry; brother-in-law, Kenneth (Trudy Ann) Gripp of Springfield, Ore.; grandchildren, Melodie (Russ) Terhaar of Huxley, Jennie (Travis) Winger of Jefferson, Benjamin (Jodi) Einck of Urbandale, Nathan Knight of Bozeman, Mont., and Emily Einck of Perry; great-grandchildren, Elijah Knight, Maxwell Terhaar, John, Will, and Andi Einck and Heidi, Callie, Titus and Jadie Winger; nieces, Mary Helen (Lanny) Harvey, Linda Schram (Kris McIntosh) and Barbara Harvey; nephews, Edward (Marlys) Schram and Rick (Kate) Harvey; cousin, Donna Stream; and many other cousins.


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