Born Feb. 17, 1924, he was the son of Thomas and Evelyn Harvey. He had an older brother Howard, and younger sisters Gwen and Jennifer. He grew up in Ocean Beach attending OB Elementary, then Point Loma Junior and Senior High.
Harvey graduated high school in 1942. He entered the Army in 1943, where he became a heavy machine gunner with the 75th Infantry Division. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, one of the fiercest military battles in World War II.
After the war, Harvey briefly attended San Diego State before heading to Elkhart, Ind. to work in the musical instrument business. It was there he met the love of his life, Margaret. They were married Dec. 3, 1948, and moved back to Ocean Beach, where their sons Jim and Doug were born.
Ken worked at Convair and Western Publishing before joining with Margaret to start up K&M Harvey Residential Rentals.
Ken loved coaching son Jim in baseball. Both he and Margaret made lifelong friends at the ball fields in OB and Point Loma.
Two of those friends were Byron and Bridget Wear of Point Loma, who remembered Ken fondly.
“We enjoyed getting to know Ken and Margaret in the stands of Point Loma Little League as we watched our sons and the Harvey grandsons play baseball,” the couple said. “Ken had a great sense of humor and community spirit, and will leave a lasting legacy as a member of the ‘Greatest Generation.’ He will be missed.”
Ken Harvey played the piano and was extremely proud of how talented and accomplished his son Doug was as a pianist. Ken was also a 58-year member of the Peninsula Lions Club and received the prestigious "Melvin Jones Award."
Later years were spent enjoying the grandchildren's activities and family gatherings. Margaret's passing in 2012 was a hardship on the family, which wishes to acknowledge the tremendous caregivers who became part of the Harvey family: Vicky, Ede, Rosie, Mina, Theresa and Sara. Thank you for keeping Ken smiling and laughing.
Ken Harvey is survived by his sons Jim (Teresa), and Doug (Pam); grandchildren Chris (Amanda), Kimberly (Dan), Kyle (Gabriela), Elizabeth (Andrew) and Cody; great-grandchildren Ava, Levi and Bronwyn with two more on the way; sister-in-law Marian, brother-in-law Al; nieces Sally and Dianne, nephews Steve and Mike, and his buddy Don.
Memorial services were held at the Point Loma Presbyterian Church on April 27.
In Ken's memory, donations to "Honor Flight" would be appreciated.