Visitation will be Wednesday, April 16, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Sullivan-Ellis Mortuary, East Moline, with services on Thursday, April 17, at 10 a.m. The Rev. Gene Meyers will officiate. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline, following services.
Harvey was born Oct. 14, 1935, in Moline, the son of Harry and Lena Griffin Whipple. He was an optician for Buds Optical and Cole National Vision for 25 years, worked in construction, John Deere, Crimmins Transfer and H & M Wrecker Service. He married Mary Goldsberry, who preceded him in death. In June 30, 2000, he married Shirley in Cambridge and had been married for nearly 14 years.
Harvey enjoyed NASCAR, racing, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and yardwork. Most of all, he loved his family.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Patty Ekin, David (Mary) Whipple, Ron (Luann) Whipple, Jackie (Tom) Keogh, Jamie (Brandy) Whipple, all of Colona, Terry (Jerry) Kays, Silvis, David (Sally) Whipple, Port Byron, Patty (Lloyd) DeShane, Morrison; 27 grandkids; 35 great-grandkids; and two great-great-grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Lena Whipple; five brothers, John (infant), Francis, Leroy, Roger and Harry; and three sisters, Minnie Holman, Mary Lou Smith and Carol McDonald.
Family requests casual dress, jeans and tees for visitation and funeral.
Condolences may be left for the family at sullivanellisltd.com.
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