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James Harvey

Jim passed away Friday, June 18, 2021 at Stanford Lodge in Plainwell.

He was born December 6, 1933 in Kalamazoo, the son of Luther and Elizabeth (Anthony) Harvey. Jim was a 1952 Otsego High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. He worked at Mac Sim Bar, Otsego Creamery and at Kal-Creamery from 1981 until his retirement in 1995. For over 40 years he was a member of the Otsego Moose Lodge, the Teamsters Union and the Allegan Draft Mule Association.

He attended Alamo Community Congregational Church and Otsego United Methodist Church. Jim was known for his many catchphrases and enjoyed telling jokes and making people laugh. He liked spending time with his family, volunteering at Bowens Mills, good conversation and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

Surviving are his children, Diane (Jerald) Veldt of Plainwell, Carol (Patrick) Shannahan of Colorado and James Harvey of South Dakota; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; step-son, Tim (Laurel) Marsh; siblings, Jane, Rachelle and Norman long with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Marlan.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at the Otsego United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

Jim’s family would like to thank the staff at Stanford Lodge for their care and friendships with Jim. He bonded with you all, thank you.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to

Christian Neighbors

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James Hoffman

June 18, 2021 at 6:51 pm

So sorry for the loss of such a remarkable man. One story after another when I met him many years ago at our Church…Otsego United Methodist. He loved to talk about driving the horses and wagon at Bowens Mill. Rest in Heavenly Peace to my Great Friend you so deserve it!


John h Veldt

June 19, 2021 at 9:06 am

Your family is in my prayers, so very sorry for your loss.


Tammy Pfau Leonard

June 19, 2021 at 9:22 am

Diane, Carol, James and loving families!

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your Father!

Mr. Harvey as I have called him all my life was such a Happy character. I always felt so safe and good around him!

Hugs and our LORDS comfort to help you at this time. GOD BLESS


Jeanette Hamilton

June 19, 2021 at 9:45 am

Carol – so sorry for the loss of your dad. May you find comfort in knowing that he is no longer in pain. You have been a wonderful daughter, providing support and care for your dad during the short 5 years I’ve known you. My deepest sympathy to your entire family on your father’s passing. With love, Jeanette



June 19, 2021 at 10:17 am

My condolences to you Sharian Marsh Jameson I’m so sorry for the passing of your step father .


Jerry and Dinah Howrigon

June 19, 2021 at 4:59 pm

Sorry to hear of Jims passing. Always enjoyed talking with him.


Dennis Hiemstra

June 19, 2021 at 5:45 pm

Diane, Carol and Jimmy, so sorry for your loss.


Diane and Lee Boysen

June 20, 2021 at 9:14 am

Diane Veldt and families, We are so sad to hear of your Father’s passing. Sending you hugs and thinking of you. You were so blessed to have him in your lives so long.


Kelly & Lynn Pettitt

June 20, 2021 at 10:29 am

The loss of a parent or grandparent is one of the hardest losses we face in this life. The pain runs deep because of the love we have for them. They were there when we entered this world and we are here when they leave. I am so very sorry for your families loss he was a beautiful human being❤️ I have heard many wonderful stories from one his grand daughters. May you all find some comfort in the many wonderful memories and moments you have shared. Much love to the family during this difficult time.


Tara england

June 20, 2021 at 5:08 pm

Oh Mr. Jim it was a pleasure to take care of you for the years I did, I enjoyed all of your stories, our shave times, our laughs. My little daughter singing to you when you were feeling down. Great times


Lori, Dan, Jenni,Rob, Robin and Dave

June 20, 2021 at 8:03 pm

We are saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. Jim was a very special part of our lives for so many years. We will miss him and his stories and all the memories that we will cherish ! Love to you all ♥️


Jennifer Hutchens

June 21, 2021 at 12:31 pm

I hadn’t seen Jim in many years but he was great friends with my grandfather (Dick Hutchens). I have many fond memories of Jim and wish I would have stayed better connected with him in my adult life. Rest Easy in the arms of the Lord until the day we can meet again!


David B. Campbell

June 21, 2021 at 7:17 pm

Sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. May the peace of the Lord be with you.


Loree Bagley

June 22, 2021 at 8:30 am

Dear Diane and family,

May God’s Peace be with you all.



Carol Shanahan

June 28, 2021 at 9:35 am

I want to thank you all for your kind messages. We are happy for my Dad. He is at peace.


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