In memory of
Wilbur Lee Harvey
Wilbur Lee Harvey Born January 2, 1928, Died January 10, 2017. Second born child of Gus and Pauline Harvey (Smith) of Zionsville. Proceeded in death by his loving wife Laura Mae (Elmore), his parents, sister Louise and brother Harold. Wilbur graduated from Pike Township High School and married Laura Mae on October 13, 1946. Their marriage lasted until her passing on August 14, 2014. Wilbur and Laura Mae spent their years together in his ministry starting with his graduation from Manhattan Bible College in Manhattan, Kansas. After ministering at churches in Liberty, Nebraska and Council Grove, Kansas, they returned to Indianapolis to further his education and achieved a Masters Degree at Christian Theological Seminary, Butler University. After 8 years as minister at Garfield Christian Church, Wilbur entered the US Army as a chaplain in 1967. He spent 13 months in Viet Nam receiving numerous awards for his work. He returned to Indiana and then was stationed in Texas. In 1970 he became the first full time Protestant Chaplain for the Indianapolis Police Department as well as the first in the nation. In 1975 he founded the first state police chaplain program for the Indiana State Police. He later returned to the Indianapolis Police Department and founded the first Victims Assistance Program of a major Police Department. After retirement he spent the next 10 years as Minister for Fairland Christian Church Fairland, IN. Throughout his active ministry and later in retirement Wilbur touched and influenced so many family members, friends and all who came in contact with him. All were forever affected by his presence and became his friend. He deeply loved his family but most of all the love of his life, Laura Mae. He now spends forever with her in the loving arms of our Lord. Wilbur is survived by his 4 children, Beth Shepherd, Peggy Duncan (Randy), Mac Harvey (Janie) and Mark Harvey (Teresa), 9 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren, his brother Sherman Harvey (Louise), and brother-in-law Robert Elmore. The family wishes to thank his friends and staff family at Kindred Greenwood for their extraordinary care and services. A memorial service will be 5:00 p.m. Saturday, January 14 at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center with visitation 3:00 p.m. until time of service at the mortuary. Inurnment will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorial gifts may be given to the Alzheimer Assoc. or Rosedale Hills UMC. Online condolences at www.singletonmotuary.com .
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