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Former Creighton Basketball Player Harvey Dies

Former Creighton Basketball Player Harvey Dies

Omaha businessman and Creighton University Hall of Fame member Richard Harvey died May 19. He was 70.

Harvey, who played basketball at Creighton from 1956-1960, was president of William H. Harvey Company. The company was founded in 1944 by his father William H. Harvey Sr., based on his invention of Bol-Wax, a gasket for sealing toilet bowls. Omaha remains the headquarters of this national plumbing and hardware wholesaler.

Harvey was an outstanding basketball player at Creighton, leading the team in scoring his junior and senior year. Known for his hook shot, Harvey was the second leading scorer in the Midwest during his senior year. He also earned an honorable mention for college Catholic All-American. He was featured in the 1961 edition of “Memories of My Altar Boy Days” as one of 11 top Catholic athletes. He attended Creighton Prep from 1952 to 1956.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Creighton in 1960 and went on to Iowa State where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1962.

Harvey was a soft-spoken man who was very active in the community. Harvey served on many boards including the board of trustees at Boys Town, Christ the King Church Educational Trust and the Serra Club of Omaha. He was elected president of the Douglas County Bank & Trust Company advisory board in 1976.

He is survived by wife, Judy Harvey; daughters, Gayle and husband Tom Heldridge; Mindy and husband Bill Kizer, Jr.; son, James V. Harvey; grandchildren: Kelly, Elizabeth, Mary, Lucy, Grace, James, John and Anne Heldridge, Peter, Liam, Charles and Clara Kizer; brother William Harvey and wife Mary Jane.

Vigil service Thursday, 7 p.m., Christ the King Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, 10 a.m., Christ the King Church. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials to KVSS Radio or Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University. Visitation Thursday, 1 p.m. – 3p.m., at Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann Dworak-Cutler West Center Chapel, and after 6 p.m. at Christ the King Church.

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