Harvey Gilgert

Aug. 22, 1943-March 4, 2014

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Services for Harvey Alvin Gilgert, 70, of Mesa, Ariz., will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Falconer Funeral Home, 251 W. Juniper Ave. Gilbert, AZ 85233. Viewing and visitation is from 6-8 pm. Tuesday. Graveside services are at 1 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Ariz.

Harvey Alvin Gilgert died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz.

Harvey was born Aug. 22, 1943, in Canby to Alfred and Olena Gilgert.

His first years of grade school were at District 31, a country school five miles north of Taunton (where he walked up hill both ways in the snow). He finished grade school and high school in Minneota graduating in 1961. He worked at a number of jobs (one being produce manager in Finnegan’s Super Value in Minneota) before being drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in the army from May 1965 to May 1967.

Harvey married Diane Sept 20, 1969, in Mountain Lake where he was employed at the local Super Value market. After a few years, they moved to Mapleton while being employed by Year-A-Round cab in Mankato.

In 1986, Harv and his family moved to Arizona.

He worked for Top Speed Delivery for 22 years. Harvey was a loyal employee and enjoyed seeing each of his clients he delivered to everyday.

Harv was a huge fan of all sports in Minnesota, but had a soft spot in his heart for the Arizona teams as well. For Harv’s amusement, he had friends and family pick out their favorite teams and Harv would keep track of the wins and losses, kept the statistics on a big whiteboard, and showed everybody the standings whenever they came to his house.

Harv enjoyed talking about sports with his sons every chance he had. Harv loved to play devil’s advocate just to stir them up.

Harv also had a passion for bowling.

He was the pitcher for his family’s and friends’ softball team(s). He was the most aggressive player on the team. He had no fear stopping a line drive with his bare hand or sliding into first, yes sliding into first, (he was teased about that). In the later years, he became a softball umpire.

Harvey is survived by his wife of 44 years Diane Gilgert of Mesa; daughter Vikki (and Ian) McRaven of Gilbert, Ariz.; sons Chad (and Holly) Gilgert of Mesa and Brandon (and Mariah) Gilgert of Gilbert; 14 grandchildren, Joshua, Courtney, Kyle, Caitlyn, Ke’shayna, Austen, Mikayla, Hunter, Samaje, Kayden, Christopher, Lily, Bella, and Mickey; one great-grandchild, Oliver; and brother Ronald Gilgert of Taunton.