Harvey Sylvester Sr., 84, of rural Sweet Springs, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Emma. Pastor Walter Snyder will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Sweet Springs. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Sweet Springs. The family will recieve friends from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Holy Cross Lutheran Church or school.
Born July 14, 1920, in Sweet Springs, he was the son of the late Emil J. Sylvester and Dorathea Langewisch Sylvester. On June 25, 1943, he married Virginia Luebbert. On April 2, 1978, he married Ilene Teeter, who preceded him in death Feb. 9, 2000. He had lived the Sweet Springs area his entire life, where he was a farmer and had owned and operated Sylvester's Machine Shop from 1952 until 1998. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he served with General Patton. He was a Sweet Springs Special Road District commissioner for six years and had served as president of Parents Without Partners in Sedalia for three years.
Survivors include three sons, Harvey Sylvester Jr. of Olathe, Kan., Vernon Sylvester of Sweet Springs and Leon Sylvester of Sweet Springs; three daughters, Pam Stepp of LaMonte, Patty Werneke of Sweet Springs and Patsy Marie Danikas of Edwards; five sisters, Edna Bergman of Concordia, Mildred Koch of Sweet Springs, Florence Oldberg of Mission, Kan., Gladys Stuenkel of Concordia and Carolyn Horman of Sweet Springs; 20 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one son, Larry Verlin Sylvester; one infant daughter, Betty Mae Sylvester; one great-grandson; and three brothers, Carl Sylvester, Lester Sylvester and Edgar Sylvester.