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Merle Edward Harvey, Jr.

February 2, 1956 ~ October 4, 2019 (age 63)

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Merle Edward Harvey, Jr., 63, of Columbia left his earthly home to be with the Lord in his heavenly home on Friday, October 4, 2019.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Friday, October 11 at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel. Family will receive friends from Noon until start of the service.  Burial with Military Honors will follow at Mount Horeb Cemetery, Sturgeon.

Merle Edward M. Harvey, Jr. was born on February 2, 1956 in Sturgeon, MO, the son of Merle and Alfreeda Harvey.  Merle graduated from Hickman High School. He served in the Army from 1974 to 1977. Throughout the years Merle worked at several different places including the United States Postal Service, the Veteran Administration Hospital and the University of Missouri. Merle retired from the University of Missouri September 29, 2017 giving him the time to spend enjoying some of his favorite things.

Merle is survived by his mother, Alfreeda Harvey of Columbia; close friend Linda Boone; children, Cheavis Holmes II, and Chala Holmes both of Kansas City, Julian ‘Corey’ Smith of Columbia; siblings, Melvin Harvey (Laura) of Aptos, California; Manual Harvey of Columbia, Melissa Harvey of Round Rock, Texas; a half-sister, Sherita Gowans (Anthony), and 2 half-brothers Kacy Harvey (Yolanda) and Kody Harvey (Shanga); ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren; an uncle, James Pettigrew, 7 nieces and nephews, his ‘God Daddy,’ Walter ‘Darnell’ Harris; and a host of cousins and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his father Merle, Sr., long-term companion Ann Salee, and sister Melvina.

Memorial contributions are suggested to American Cancer Society, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202.


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October 11, 2019

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Bach - Yager Funeral Chapel

Funeral Service
October 11, 2019

1:00 PM
Bach - Yager Funeral Chapel

Military Honors
October 11, 2019

2:30 PM
Mount Horeb Cemetery

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