Harvey Fest, Jr., 81 of West Des Moines, Iowa and formerly of Bettendorf, Iowa and Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family. A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 7075 Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines, IA from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Following the visitation memorial services will begin at 11:00 a.m. at St Francis.
Harvey Charles Fest, Jr. was born on April 28, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois to Harvey and Elanor (Hartog) Fest. The family moved to the Quad Cities when Harvey Jr. was a young child and he graduated from Rock Island High in 1952. Following high school Harvey enlisted in the Air Force. After his honorable discharge he returned to Rock Island and married Donna Liske, the love of his life, on September 15, 1956. The couple raised their family in the Quad Cities area. They also started and ran several businesses over the years including the Italian Village restaurant, Yum Yum Barn, and the Gallery of Lights. Harvey loved to spend time with his family, tell stories, build and remodel houses, boat, draw, and work in his businesses.
Those left to cherish his loving memories include his wife of 59 years Donna Liske Fest of West Des Moines, IA; his children Harvey III & Candy (Morrow) Fest of Athens, Alabama, and their children Tyler and Allison, Brian & Diane (Killeen) Fest of West Des Moines, IA, and their children Sabrina and Austin, and Daun Fest & Georgia McPeak of Nairobi, Kenya; sister Margaret Fest Miller (husband Dale); and many nieces, nephews, and close friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, 4430 114th St. Urbandale, Iowa, 50322 or Mercy Hospice, 1055 6th Ave. Des Moines, Iowa, 50314.
Celebrate Life Iowa Funeral and Cremation Care has been entrusted with the care of Harvey Jr., and his family. 515-689-5522
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So very sorry to hear of your loss. It was a great loss to anyone fortunate enough to know Harvey. To borrow a phrase from Phil Spector, ' to know him was to love him'. He was such an inspiration and supporter of small business. His stories, memories, suggestions, ideas and plans were always a pleasure to enjoy. To Donna, Brian, Harvey and Daun, please accept our deepest condolences. Dan & Trish Speth
Mikki Cook lit a candle in memory of Harvey Fest, Jr.
Lily and Rose Tribute Spray was purchased for the family of Harvey Fest, Jr..
Thinking of all of you at this sad time. I do remember Pops once saying while he was driving us in a van somewhere? : 'This dashboard is so damn big you can put a pizza on it'! Was always fun to listen to anything he had to say!
I only met him once. Left a good memory. All my sympathies to Daun and her family. Tra McPeak
Pops was a fund person. He had a great sense of humor and we really did enjoy him. We will be thinking of him for a long time. Russell & Joan Stadelman
Harvey could tell a joke or a story better than anyone ...I can still remember the line..Carolyn I have many favorite stories I know I have probably told you this one before but I like it so much I am going to tell you again!! I enjoyed working with him and still remember the time he argued with a woman about her lamp cord..he put a new one on her lamp and she was mad because it was not the same color as the yellow stained one she had on the lamp...he picked up the lamp and ripped the cord out..she left..No Harvey I never did write the book you thought I should write after working at the Gallery of Lights..but I do miss your laugh and jokes..My prays are with Donna and family..Carolyn Jaques
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