Harvey Eugene Watkins, age 93 of St. Marys passed away on July 4, 2022 at The Otterbein in St. Marys after a brief illness.
He was born on August 6, 1928 in Mingo, Ohio to the late James Blaine and Mary Evelyn (Johnson) Watkins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Peggy L. (Winner) Watkins; brothers Jake, Jim, Ray, Roger, Lawrence, Charles, and John Watkins and sisters Elsie Spence, Evelyn Markin and Josephine Metz.
He is survived by his children: Kathryn (Kevin) Hirschfeld of Bordentown, NJ; Karen (Tim) Corcoran of Chillicothe, OH; Marsha Watkins (Eunice Hornsby) of Columbus, OH; and honorary daughter Cheryl Burke of Celina, OH. Grandchildren: Lance (Sarah) Hirschfeld; Lane (Chrissy) Hirschfeld; Greg (Theresa) Corcoran; Lisa (Duane) Corcoran-Detty; and Andrea (Andy) Cordek; 11 great grandchildren; sister Eva (Charles) Johnson; sisters-in-laws Mary, Shirley and RuthAnn Watkins; brother-in-law Wesley Metz; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was a 1948 graduate of North Lewisburg High School, served in the U.S. Army, and was a member of Immanuel Church of Kettlersville. His career involved all aspects of the timber and logging industry, and he retired as owner of the Watkins Hardwood Company.
Harvey enjoyed pontoon boat rides, playing cards, and all things outdoors. He spent many years traveling to Michigan to fish and mushroom hunt and lived on Grand Lake St. Marys, which he considered his personal backyard. Some of the greatest thrills of his life were hunting in the Montana mountains with his nephew David Bunnell and his trip to Washington, D.C. with Honor Flight.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 11, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at Immanuel Church (8888 St. Rt. 274, Kettlersville, Ohio 45336) with a luncheon served following the service. The services will also be broadcast on the church’s YouTube channel (Immanuel Office) and on their Facebook page (Immanuel Kettlersville). Calling hours will be held on Sunday, July 10, 2022 from 2:00 – 5:00 P.M. at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home (225 W. Monroe St. New Bremen, OH 45869) and again on Monday one hour prior to the service at the church. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery near Cable, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lake Improvement Association (P.O. Box 118, Montezuma, OH 45866) or to Honor Flight Columbus (P.O. Box 20133, Columbus OH 43220). Online condolences can be left to the family at www.gilberghartwigfh.com
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Jon Watkins saysJuly 5, 2022 at 10:17 pm
Uncle Harv was an outdoorsmen’s outdoorsman! We loved him dearly! Praying for everyone during this difficult time.
Marsha Watkins saysJuly 7, 2022 at 3:16 pm
Thank you Jon, he always got a kick out if you boys. You 3 have the Watkins boys spirit!
Joanne Markiewicz and Karen Oberrath saysJuly 6, 2022 at 6:49 am
May you treasure all of the great memories you had with Harvey. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. Our love is being sent to you from Florida.
Alice Hartwig saysJuly 6, 2022 at 9:06 am
My deepest sympathy to you. Duane and I loved to talk about our mushrooming hunting with Harvey. He always had good mushroom and fishing stories!
Marsha Watkins saysJuly 7, 2022 at 3:15 pm
Thank you friends. We have had a wonderful journey, you always fabe me support, sympathetic ears and kind words.
Marsha Watkins saysJuly 7, 2022 at 3:18 pm
Thank you for your kind words. You have been a great support for me. Love you,
Lisa Heitman saysJuly 6, 2022 at 9:28 am
He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you as you celebrate this wonderful life he had full of love, laughter, family, and always cards!
Karen Corcoran saysJuly 6, 2022 at 9:12 pm
Thank you, Lisa (and Dave). Lisa you were like a daughter to them and were so kind to drop everything so often to visit and play cards when I was in residence.
Vicki Cathcart SunnySide saysJuly 6, 2022 at 11:34 am
Throughout the years I enjoyed having talks with Harvey he will be greatly missed!!
Prayers to all ❤️❤️
Karen Corcoran saysJuly 6, 2022 at 9:15 pm
Vicki, what great service and friendship you extended to both mom and dad at Sunnyside. John G. might be the Governor, but you made Dad feel like he was the mayor.
Sue Colley saysJuly 6, 2022 at 11:57 am
Dearest Karen, Tim, and Family,
I was so sorry to hear about Harvey’s passing. Please note that many thoughts and prayers are coming your way. May God hold you all near and cover you with grace, love, and healing at this very difficult time.
Sue and Nick
Karen Corcoran saysJuly 6, 2022 at 9:16 pm
Thank you, Sue, how kind of you to reach out.
Kirk Bloir saysJuly 9, 2022 at 1:53 pm
Karen, Tim, and Family – May echoes of your dads’ laughter and memories of the countless ways he showed his love for you fill your hearts and sustain you in the days and weeks ahead. And may it offer a measure of comfort to know that your extended Ohio 4-H family is keeping you in our thoughts.
Kirk Bloir on behalf of the State 4-H Office
Rich Watkins saysJuly 10, 2022 at 11:48 am
Karen, Kathy, Marsha, You have my deepest sympathy with your loss. Nothing can prepare us for the loss of a parent. i still reside in Shelby County and run into people from our 4-H days and your names always come up in the conversation, great memories. Rich
Lynne Thompson saysJuly 19, 2022 at 10:30 am
My deepest sympathies to your family Harvey and Peggy were wonderful and amazing friends? Harvey was Clinton best friend he thought the world of him. So sorry I wasn’t able to attend services. Thinking of all of you.
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