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Donald Harvey, 74 - August 16, 2016

Donald Eugene Harvey, 74, of Smithfield, formerly of Gothenburg, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, at Smithfield.
Services were conducted at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel on Monday, Aug. 22. Interment was at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.
Harvey was born Feb. 17, 1942, at Gran­ger, MI, son of Albert Lee and Verna Marie (Golden) Harvey.
He grew up in Gothenburg and Kearney, spending his youth in Nebraska and Utah. He also resided at other places including California, Iowa, Oklahoma and Florida.
Harvey served his country with the U.S. Army and the Army Reserves, serving in Germany and in Vietnam.
He worked at different jobs over his lifetime including welding, iron working and construction. He also did landscaping and was a talented artist, according to family members
Harvey married Shirley Kay. The couple’s children are Clyde Harvey and Shirley Shipley. He later married Marla Mann. Their children are Valerie Loftus and John “Leona” Harvey. He most recently married Deborah Stanton on Aug. 15, 2006.
He was an avid fisherman and was skilled in canning and making wine and jellies, family said.
Harvey was an expert in making traditional native drums and sacred pipes. He adhered to the Lakota spirituality and participated in the Sun Dance and lead Inipi (sweat lodge) ceremonies much of his adult life. He felt strongly through his life learning and spiritual beliefs—the importance of caring for all children and elders and those most vulnerable.
?He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion and the Native Spiritual communities in Lincoln and Omaha.
?Harvey was preceded in death by: his parents, Albert and Verna; brothers—Roy, Lawrence and Ronnie; his sisters—Beverly Earl and Rosie Rhinehardt.
Survivors include: his wife, Deborah; two sons—Clyde (Laura) Harvey of Pigeon Forge, TN, and John “Leona” Harvey of Columbus; three daughters—Shirley Ruth (Paul) Shipley of Elwood, KS, Valarie (Denny) Loftus and Deane (Cirino) Caniglia, all of Omaha; two brothers—George (Peggy) Harvey of Columbus and Jim Harvey; his Lakota brother, Tatanka; two sisters—Dorothy Andrews of Gothenburg and Sharon (Fred) Engberg of Joplin, MO; four grandsons—Ronnie, Sean, Eric and Mathew; grandchildren—Ronnie, Sean, Eric, Mathew, Andrew, Amelia, Charlie and Victoria; four great-grandchildren; three step-children—Nandini (Drew) Snyder, Erin Gould (Bryant Haremza) and Skyler (Catherine) Dixon; two step-grandchildren—Traiton and Kalarae Snyder; numerous nieces and nephews; extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain, SD 57325.