R. James Harvey

R. James Harvey

IRON MOUNTAIN — R. James Harvey died on the 20th day of July 2019. Jim was born on the Fourth of July, 1922, in Iron Mountain.

He was the youngest of six children born to Martin Harvey and Agnes Thomas Harvey, pioneer residents.

Jim was a member of the Iron Mountain High School, Class of 1940.

He attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate before entering the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he served for three years during WWII.

After his military service, he graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and began his career as a city attorney in Saginaw.

He resigned from that position in 1953 to enter the private practice of law.

He was subsequently elected to the Saginaw City Council in 1955, became Mayor in 1957, and thereafter was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he served for seven terms, until 1973, when the late President Richard M. Nixon appointed him a Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Jim served 18 years as a federal judge, presiding in courts in Detroit, Bay City, Flint and Port Huron.

He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Susan Byrd Harvey; his son-in-law, David E. Bradley; and grandchildren, Elizabeth J. Harvey (Adam Gabbert), John T. Harvey, Philip H. Bradley (Erin), M. Scott Bradley (Corinne Packard); and five great-grandchildren; a son, Thomas M. Harvey; and a daughter, Diane Harvey Bradley.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, June Elizabeth Collins Harvey.

Cremation has taken place and his ashes will be buried in the Glendale Cemetery in Okemos, beside those of his son Tom and wife June, who predeceased him.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at St. Katherine’s

Episcopal Church, 4650 Meridian Road, Williamston, Michigan 48895.

The family is being served by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Laingsburg Chapel. Those wishing to leave online condolences to the family may do so at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.