John J. “Jack” Harvey

Jan 15, 2018
Harvey, John crop


11:00 AM on Friday, January 19, 2018 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church: 650 Stephan Ave, Waterloo


4:00 PM- 7:00 PM on Thursday, January 18 at Kearns Funeral Service with a 7:00 PM Vigil Service and one hour prior to the services Friday at the church


In lieu of flowers, may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice


John J. “Jack” Harvey, 85, of Waterloo, died at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital on Monday, January 15, 2018.

He was born on December 24, 1932 in Frankville, Iowa; the son of Faye and Lila Jones Harvey.

John graduated from Waterloo East High School with the class of 1951.

He married Dolores J. Babbitt on June 20, 1951 in Waterloo; she preceded him in death on February 24, 2013.

John worked at Rath Packing Company for 28 years; and at Curt Craft Printing Co. for many years; he retired from Iowa Department of Transportation in December 1997.

He and Dolores served as foster parents for many years, caring for hundreds of children, mainly newborn babies. John enjoyed time with his family and loved family gatherings.

Survivors include five sons: Mike (Maureen) Harvey of Midlothian, TX, Jon (Donna) Harvey of Denver, IA, Dave Harvey of Waterloo, Tim (Donna) Harvey of Cedar Falls, and Ben (Cherice) Harvey of Houston, TX; two daughters, Cindy (Dave) McFarlin of Mantorville, MN and Lori (Mark) Iiams of Waterloo; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; a brother, Norman Harvey; and a sister, Donna Mullen.

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  1. Nancy Peace | Jan 18, 2018

    As friends of Jon and Donna, we want to express our deepest sympathy in the loss of Jon's father "Jack".  Donna describes Jon as a wonderful man just like his father which is an ultimate compliment to a parent.  Both of them speak very fondly of "Jack" as being a kind, caring and compassionate man who loved his family and family gatherings, took pride in his employment and the betterment of the community, and his willingness to help others which is demonstrated by the desire to be a foster parent.  Even though the family will experience a void as a result of "Jack" leaving his earthly home, he has left a legacy that exemplifies a good family man and citizen. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, Rural and Nancy Peace 

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