Farming Rural 20

Harvey A. Palmer

July 27, 1928 ~ October 17, 2021 (age 93)


     Harvey A. Palmer was born in Omaha, NE on July 27, 1928, joining big brother Clifford who was born March 26, 1924.  Later his family grew with sister Lois, born March 8, 1931 and Vera born January 11, 1936. 

     When Harvey was six years old, he delivered Omaha’s newspapers with his little red wagon, receiving one penny for each paper delivered, which was handed over to his mother and dad to help with home expenses.  He attended grade school and high school in Omaha, leaving high school in in his sophomore year to take a job for the Rail Train Co., and earn money to help the family.  Harvey’s older brother, Clifford, joined the Navy during WWII and was killed October 25, 1944 when the U.S. Navy ship he was on was sunk by the enemy.  Harvey later worked for ranchers raising cattle & hogs, always to bring money to the household. 

     In 1951, he married Margaret Clark.  Margaret & Harvey had four children, first born, a son, William in 1953 then daughter, Gay, born in 1955, daughter, Chris, born in 1956, and daughter Jane, born in 1958.  During this time, Harvey went to work for Omaha Power Company climbing power poles to make repairs until a boss at Northwest Bell Telephone Company told hm he would make more money climbing their poles and not risk his life because of the electricity!! Harvey thought that made a lot of sense! He worked for Northwest Bell Telephone for 20 years before he retired.  During his time working for the Bell Company, Harvey also concentrated on his ranching, raising beef cattle & feeder hogs.  In 1980, Harvey retired from Pacific Bell, sold his ranch and he and his wife move to Pismo Beach, CA where his wife, Margaret, later passed away.

     Ironically, also in 1980, Joy Harvey had moved from New Meadows, ID to Paso Robles, CA!! On January 4, 1993, Harvey Palmer met Joy Harvey, the two fell in love and were married.  In case you are wondering if the previous sentence is a misprint, it is NOT ………HARVEY Palmer married Joy HARVEY, it was a perfect match! Harvey & Joy truly believed that God had brought them together so that two lonely people could enjoy true love and companionship.  They enjoyed the love they had for each other every day of their life together.  There was NEVER a day that went by that one didn’t tell the other “I love you”, and the other responded “I love you more.”  

     Harvey will be missed by all who knew him, and most profoundly by his widow, Joy.

     Burial was in the Meadows Valley Cemetery, New Meadows, ID.

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Private Interment

Meadows Valley Cemetery
Cemetery Rd
New Meadows, Idaho 83654

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