Bob was born in Leighton, Alabama, to Louise and Rayford Harvey. He spent most of his growing up years living with his maternal grandparents Joe and Lola Estelle Holderfield. Graduated from Huntsville High in 1957 where all his friends knew him as Bobby Joe and served in the US Air Force from January 1958 to January 1962. While stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, he met and married Deanna Wilson in 1959. They always joked that the first year was easy with no arguments as Bob spent from September 1959 to October 1960 in Morocco while Deanna waited for him back in Idaho. After being discharged in 1962 they moved to Los Angeles and Bob began his 39 year, 11 month, 17 day career with Continental Airlines, beginning in Maintenance before transferring to Passenger Services. During the first nine years, they moved to Oklahoma, back to Los Angeles (Director of Passenger Services), to Chicago (Cargo Sales) and then back to Oklahoma (Passenger Services) where he finished his career. During the 1980’s, Bob worked out of Houston’s Hobby Airport as a Corporate Trainer where he interfaced with many Continental employees while presenting training in many Continental locations. In 1992 Bob was promoted to General Manager of Operations in Tulsa, a position he held until he retired on January 1, 2002. Bob faithfully served the community on the Parks Board, school board and at Discovery Bible Fellowship in several capacities of leadership. After retirement Bob and Deanna traveled a few years and participated in many mission trips to Mexico, but their travels slowed down considerably after Bob was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. By 2015 it was apparent that Bob and Deanna should be closer to family so they left their beloved community of Owasso, Oklahoma, after 44 years and moved to Keller, Texas, to be near their son Arthur and family. Bob is survived by his wife Deanna; three children: Charlotte Esau (Keith), Robert Harvey (Jayne) and Arthur Harvey (Sarah); 10 grandchildren: Sarah, Philip (Rachael), Timothy (Erica), Andrew, Rebekah, John Robert, Jessica (Dakota), Jennifer (Dylan), Hannah, John Steven; six great-grandchildren; and brother Phillip (Gale). He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, brother Frank and sister Lola.
Memorial services for Bob will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Discovery Bible Fellowship Church with Pastor Mike Frantz officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to American Parkinson Disease Association, Oklahoma Chapter, P.O. Box 3113, Broken Arrow, OK 74013, or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements and services have been entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso. www.moweryfs.com
So sorry for your loss.
— Kip & Shelly Robinson, Saturday – July 2, 2016
Your struggles are over! RIP Bob.
— Ken Krenik, Saturday – July 2, 2016
Sorry to learn of your loss, may God bless you and your Dad’s soul!
— Bobby JOE Harvey, Sunday – July 3, 2016
What a wonderful summary of a life well lived. My condolences.
— Michael Mauriello, Sunday – July 3, 2016
Bob was like a second father who I’ve known since I was three. He was a wonderful man. Sorry for your loss.
— Randy & Donna Hauptmann , Sunday – July 3, 2016
Bob, May you rest in peace. To his family and friends our sincere condolences and sorrow for your loss.
Another member of our DPS family is soaring with the eagles.
— Larry Grimm, Sunday – July 3, 2016
Discovery Bible Fellowship
11600 North Garnett Road
Collinsville, OK 74021
Saturday – July 9, 2016
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Bobbie to:
American Parkinson Disease Assoc – OK Chapter
P.O. Box 3113
Broken Arrow, OK 74013
Note: or to the Charity of Your Choice