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Harvey Wendell Casey

February 23, 1938 — December 21, 2023

Harvey Wendell Casey

Harvey Wendell Casey was born February 23, 1938, to Wendell Harvey Casey and June Genevieve Casey (Lamb) in Crawfordsville, Indiana and passed away on December 21, 2023, at Ovation Sienna Hills, Washington, UT.    Harvey was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather, and great grandfather and he will be deeply missed by his family and friends.  Harvey was raised as United Methodist member, but he supported all his kids that were raised as active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

As a younger child he lived in Indiana and then the family moved to Burbank, CA where he attended school until his sophomore year.  His family then moved to Lancaster, CA.  Harvey was raised as an outdoorsman with his father and mother enjoying family fishing and hunting trips every year.  In Lancaster at Antelope Valley High, Harvey excelled in his academics, student government and sports.  Harvey graduated from Antelope Valley High in Lancaster CA and lettered in three sports (Baseball, Football and Basketball).  He was also Senior Class President at Antelope Valley High.  After high school he was offered a scholarship to play baseball as a pitcher for Fresno State where he pitched for four years and helped Fresno State make it to the college world series and pitched in multiple college world series games.  Years later he was enshrined in the Fresno State Hall of Fame.  

At Fresno State, Harvey met and married Janice (Jan) Elaine Rutherford his junior year and then finished his degree his senior year at Fresno State.  Being drafted out of college and reporting for spring training in Florida, he missed his graduation ceremony (Business and Engineering) to pursue his dream of playing professional baseball. He was drafted by the Red Sox’s organization and played for the Alpine Cowboys, farm team in Texas.  Not loving the traveling and being gone from home weeks at a time and with a growing family and needing to stay at home and make a better living he decided to leave baseball and put his degree to use in business and worked next 40 years in the glass and plastic industry as an engineer and holding various management positions.  He became a Titan in the plastics industry which changed consumer products forever.  Harvey presided over the operations and engineering projects that would put the 2-liter soft drink industry into plastic bottles.   During his 1st 23 years in the industry, he moved to various jobs in different states which would set him up to lead.  During his last 17 years in the industry, he became President and CEO of three different companies Setco (Anaheim CA), Texberry Plastics (Houston, TX) and Tubed Products (East Hampton, MA).  

He loved fishing, hunting, and playing basketball, softball, and golfing in his leisure time.  He also loved to coach youth in basketball.   With divorce ending his first marriage and family being the most important thing in his life, Harvey made it a priority to spend every vacation with his kids.  Vacations and weekends were countless road trips, fishing trips, beaches, camping, water skiing, amusement parks, barbecues, swimming, etc.   

Years later with kids off to college or married, a close friend of Harvey’s introduced him to Hildegard and set them up.  The rest is history.  Hildegard and Harvey were inseparable and did everything together for the next 36 years.  She, along with his kids became his strength.  She was even with him, his last day before he slipped into the next life.   

He is survived by his current wife of 36 years Hildegard (Schmidt) Casey.  He is also survived by his former wife of 14 years Jan (Rutherford) Casey (whom he had 5 children and remained friends with over the years), 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.  He is survived by his four sons and daughter and their spouses.  Alan (Kathleen) Casey; his two grandchildren, Tyler (Kenzie) Casey (2 great grandchildren) & Austin (Leia) Casey.  Ron (a.k.a. Gary) & (Barbara) Casey; his six grandchildren RJ(Carli) Casey (4 great grandchildren), Ryan, Ashley (Nathan) Speaker (5 great grandchildren), Meagan (1 great grandchild), Kaylee (Cody) Pike (2 great grandchildren) & Hunter (Ciara) Casey.  Sue (Mike) McNall: his two grandchildren Shalee (Travis) Clark (one great grandchild) & Joshua (Sierra) McNall. Keith (Kim) Casey: his three grandchildren Mitchell (Maddy) Casey (3 great grandchildren), Trent (Hannah) Casey & Jason (Abby).  Kevin (Michelle) Casey; his five grandchildren Aubrey, Tiffany (Braxton) Coon, Conner, Tyson and Carson.

He is also survived by his favorite sister Clara (Lee) Chereshkoff and his two nephews Brian (Cheryl) Chereshkoff & great grandniece Briana and Darryl (Christy) Chereshkoff & great grandniece Sofie.

He was preceded in death by his father Wendell H. Casey and his mother June G. Casey of Lancaster, CA.

A private memorial service for family will be held on January 6, 2023, at 11:00am at:

Anderson & Goff Mortuary
11859 South 700 East
Draper, UT 84020

The service will be livestreamed on the Anderson & Goff Mortuary Facebook Page at the following link: 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Funeral-Service---Cemetery/Anderson-Goff-Mortuary-293949407707203/ 
(The livestream video will appear when the service starts.)

Harvey Casey - Funeral Recording.mp3

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