In Memory of Harvey Shaeffer

Harvey Shaeffer
Harvey Shaeffer
Born: November 15, 1940
Died: November 30, 2014
Age: 74
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Harvey Shaeffer
November 15, 1940 - November 30, 2014
From: Maxwell, IA

Harvey Shaeffer, age 74, of Maxwell, Iowa, died Sunday, November 30, 2014, at Story County Medical Center in Nevada.  Private family memorial services will be held at a later date. 

Born November 15, 1940, in Tracy, Minnesota, Harvey David Shaeffer was the son of Rev. David and Theodosia “Dude” (Larsen) Shaeffer.  As the son of a Pastor, Harvey lived in various places throughout his childhood.  He graduated from West Liberty High School, then attended Muscatine Community College and Drake University, where he earned his business degree. 

On August 31, 1963, he married Dana White in Bethany, Missouri.  The couple was blessed with two children, Harvey, Jr. and Leslie.  They were later divorced.

In 1978, Harvey settled with his family in Maxwell, where he lived until the time of his death.  He was employed as a computer/systems analyst for Financial Information Trust in Des Moines.  Due to health issues, he was forced to retire in 1991.

Harvey was an avid horseman.  He had a special place in his heart for his favorite horse, an Arabian named Louie, and loved trail riding with other equestrians.  He traveled extensively with the Seventh Illinois Calvary as a Civil War Reenactor and also enjoyed crossword puzzles.  He was associated with the Evangelical Free Church in Baxter.

Survivors include his children, Harvey Shaeffer, Jr. of Nevada, and Leslie Shaeffer of Ankeny; Dana Shaeffer of Mountain View, AR; two sisters, Julia (David) Bork of Des Moines, and Harriett “Hattie” (Larry) Young of Winterset; and several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Douglas P. Bork.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Harvey and his family.           



Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10:47 AM
“To Harvey's family:
Harvey was one of our Classmates in the West Liberty High School Class of 1958. When I visited my folks in Cedar Rapids years ago, I would stop and visit Harvey at the bank where he worked. Also enjoyed visiting with him at our class reunions every 5 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
- Jack Kirby
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10:47 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Harvey's passing. I graduated with Harvey from West Liberty in 1958. You have my blessings.”
- Russell J. Kruse
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:21 AM
“Leslie, Harv and Dana so sorry for your families loss. Sending prayers to you all”
- Donna Troup
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM
“My mother, Sally Kresse, sends prayers and thoughts to Dana and family. She is thinking of you during this time of morning and loss. Our deepest condolences.”
- Sally kresse
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM
“My thoughts are prayers are with you all during this time of good-byes! Relive the good memories and happy times and remember the man Harvey was in his prime! I just wanted you to know I am praying for strength and peace for you all! With much love, Glenda Hershberger”
- Glenda Hershberger
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM
“Mike and I are so sorry for your loss of Harvey. Our prayers are with you all. ”
- Theone Larson Klausler
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM
“My deepest sympathy is felt for Leslie and David, Dana, and Harvey Jr. In the recent passing away of your loved one. May you find peace and comfort in your care and help during his long illness. May your memories be of the good days you had with him. ”
- Shirley Klemme
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM
“Harvey David and Leslie Jean are to be commended. They've done well in this most difficult of times. We are truly grateful and wish they blessings and comfort in the days ahead.”
- Rev. JuliaAnn R. Bork, D.D.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 11:16 AM
“I am sorry to hear of Harvey's passing and wish you peace and comfort during this difficult time. I have a lot of good memories of him from when we were neighbors. Take care.”
- Candy (Meusburger) Miller
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 11:16 AM
“Dana, David, Leslie - So sorry to hear the news of Harvey's passing. I worked with him at SLCT/FIT from the late '70s until his accident. Many of my favorite stories (the fun times of working) include Harvey. He was brilliant on the computer and fun to work with. I still think of you all often and wish you well during this time.”
- Janet Jackman
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Private family services to be held at a later date