TRAVERSE CITY — Jim Harvey, 72, of Traverse City, passed away March 6, 2013, at Munson Hospice House. Jim was born on Aug. 29, 1940, in Traverse City, to the late James and Lorena (Clouse) Harvey.
After graduating from Traverse City High School Jim enlisted in the United States Navy. He served honorably from 1958 to 1961 and was a radarman aboard the USS Waller that served in the Bay of Pigs.
On Jan. 8, 1972, Jim married the former Barbara Ann Rayle.
Jim was a member of the first Police Academy in the State of Michigan.
He began his career with the Traverse City Police Department in 1963 and in 1965 began working with the Sheriff’s Department. He faithfully served in the Sheriff’s Department until his retirement in 1998. Jim was the founder of the McGruff Program that took a bite out of crime and advocated for neighborhood watch. He also was involved in bank security.
In his spare time Jim enjoyed golfing. You could often find him on the course, usually Mitchell Creek, from sun up to sun down. He was also a talented drawer and cartoonist. Jim had an excellent sense of humor, and always greeted you with a joke or two. Landscaping was another passion of Jim’s, and he was known for his beautiful yard. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Jim is survived by his wife of 41 years, Barb; children, Nancy (Jim) Kirsch, of Traverse City, Mike Harvey, of Atlanta, Ga., Debbie (Bruce) Wooters, of Traverse City, and Brian (Chris) Tithof, of Fife Lake; grandchildren, Danielle and Stephen Sternthal; great-grandchildren, Jeremy and Tyler Sternthal; brothers, John Harvey, of Flint, and Jerry Harvey, of Muskegon; and sister, Rosella Bieber, of Bradenton, Fla.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 1 p.m., with visitation beginning at noon, at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Military honors will be provided by Cherryland VFW Post #2780.
Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be directed to Munson Hospice House.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your thoughts and memories with the family.
The family is being served by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.