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Tommie Harvey

August 5, 1921 — January 1, 2017

Tommie Leroy (T.L.) Harvey passed away on Jan. 1, 2017 at Claremore
Veterans Center. He was 95 years old. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the Potts Chapel in Caney at 1:00pm with Jeff Wyrick officiating. Interment will follow at the Sunnyside Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 4th from 12:00 - 8:00 pm, with family greeting friends and family 6:00 - 8:00pm. Memorials are suggested to AKDAR, Transportation Funds for Crippled Children and can be left with the funeral home.
TL was born August 5, 1921 in Vinita, OK. to Willard and Bessie (Davis) Harvey. He attended Seminole
Public Schools. He was employed from 1937 -1942 with his Uncle O.L.
Harvey, Harvey Drilling Company. In 1942 TL was drafted into the United
States Army, he served his country from 1942 to 1946. Sgt. TL Harvey
served in the European Theater of Operations and 25 months in the U.S.
as a military Policeman. He worked under active combat conditions while
attached to the 71st Infantry Division in Austria. After WW II ended TL
worked with American Military Government Forces in aiding the capture
and guarding of Nazi war Criminals. Coming back home he headed to
Wichita where he was proprietor of several restaurants with his parents
and that's where he fell in love with OmaRuth Chandler who became his
wife in 1946 and later mother of their 3 children. The couple took up
residence in Caney, KS. where they owned and Operated Caney Cafe and
later a 2nd restaurant Tommie's Cafe. Besides the Cafe's TL started H
and H Trucking Company that did various shipping jobs and delivered
off-set printing for KOPCO. TL was also a devoted member of AKDAR
Shrine. TL enjoyed a busy and productive life. He and Oma resided
their entire married life East of Caney where Safari Zoological Park is
now located. TL shared a love for exotic animals with his son Tom, a
devotion to Shriners with his son Ron and the Passion for the Western
lifestyle with his daughter Jean. If you knew TL you'd have seen his
collection of signature Boots! He loved people- never met a stranger
and he loved to tell stories about the good ol' days and Nickel Coffee!
TL was never afraid to be different....some say he was one of a Kind!
Feb. 3rd, 2013 OmaRuth , his wife of 66 years, went to be with the Lord.
TL moved to Claremore Veterans Center where he lived till his passing.
He is survived by one sister Dona McDonald, of Norco California. A son
Ron and Deanna Harvey of Broken Arrow OK., Son Tom and Allie Harvey of
Caney KS, Daughter Jean and Ralph Thomison of Copan, OK., six
grandchildren and 12 great Grandchildren.


Potts Chapel
107 North State
Caney, KS  67333
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
12-8pm, family 6-8pm


Potts Chapel
107 North State
Caney, KS  67333
Thursday, January 5, 2017


Sunnyside Cemetery
408 N. Ridgeway
Caney, KS  67333

Memorial Contributions

AKDAR, Transportation Funds for Crippled Children
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