A celebration of Harvey Eugene Miller’s life will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 29, 2021 in the RiverCrest Chapel & Event Center, 13329 S. Memorial Dr., Bixby, OK 74008.
Born November 6, 1928, in Jasonville, Indiana, Harvey was the fourth child, and the last baby born to Harvey Otto and Myrta (Bledsoe) Miller. Harvey or “Harpo”, as some would call him, was also welcomed by his older siblings: Winifred, Herschel, and Doris. The Miller family would move from Jasonville to South Bend, Indiana when Harvey was young. It was in South Bend where he would grow up and receive his education. Harvey was always proud that, while in South Bend, he tried out for the boys’ basketball team under the coaching of John Wooden who went on to be a successful NCAA coach. (Disclaimer – Harvey was a mere 5’7” at the time and did not make the team.)
An interesting fact about Harvey is that he trained to be a pilot, without his mother’s knowledge, and was able to receive his pilot’s license before he was even old enough to drive a car. It seemed Harvey always had a fondness of airplanes. This could be seen, throughout his life, as he put together model airplanes and as he flew remote controlled planes every chance he had.
Following high school, Harvey joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served overseas between World War II and the Korean War. It was during this time that Harvey grew from 5’7” to 6’4” and was unrecognized by his family upon his return home. It was upon his honorable discharge, that Harvey attended Purdue receiving his bachelor’s in Aeronautical Engineering. Later, Harvey would complete his master’s in Automotive Engineering through the Chrysler Institute. He would then have a long career as an Engineer in the Automotive industry.
Harvey met Joan E. Smith, now deceased, while in college and they had five children, Maureen, Kevin, Dawn, Lee Ann and David. It was while raising their family, in Logansport, Indiana, that Harvey worked for General Tire and was credited with 12 patents improving the company’s safety and productivity.
He would enjoy work in the automotive industry, in Michigan, until the early 1980’s when the automotive industry took a hit. By this time, Harvey had married Barbara Banta and the couple decided to move to southern Arkansas. A man and woman of faith, they were involved in their church and there came a time when Harvey felt a call to attend Rhema Bible Training Center. The Lord helped to make that happen as both Harvey and Barbara accepted teaching positions with Victory Christian Center and the way was paved for Harvey to attend Rhema. Since 1982, Harvey focused on education and thoroughly enjoyed his fifteen years as a professor at both Rogers State College and Oral Roberts University where he taught engineering. He retired in 1999.
When he wasn't working, spending time with his loving family, attending church, teaching, or flying, Harvey enjoyed playing golf! Described as a good, hard-working man, Harvey was a faithful husband and father. There may be no better complement than his family saying that what Harvey taught was not with his words – it was what he demonstrated as he lived out his life!
Harvey passed from this life on Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Tulsa. He was 92.
Harvey will certainly be missed by those who knew and loved him. He is survived by: his loving wife of 47 years, Barbara Miller; his children: daughter, Maureen Miller and husband, Mark; daughter, Dawn (Miller) Braun; daughter, Lee Ann Ward and husband, Kelly; son, David Miller; ten grandchildren: Jonathan (Ariel), Sean (Amanda), Ryan (Tabitha), Rhett, Maureen (Victor), Leslie, K.T., Michelle, Tucker, Aaron, and Megan; seven great-grandchildren: Jack, Lucas, C.J. Merritt, Marigold, Wyatt, and Emmitt.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; his siblings: Wini Hamel, Herschel Miller and Dorie Steele; his first wife, Joan Miller and by his son, Kevin Miller.
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