ESCANABA - Harvey S. Fournier, 88, of Escanaba (Soo Hill), passed away early Wednesday morning, March 19, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital, in Escanaba.
Harvey was born March 24, 1925, in Gaylord, Mich., the son of Joseph and Jessie (Babcock) Fournier. He was raised primarily in Perkins and graduated from the Perkins High School. Following school, Harvey enlisted in the United States Army Air Force, serving with the 13th Air Force, aboard the B-24 Liberator bomber, in the South Pacific. Throughout his enlistment, from 1943 to 1945, Harvey flew over 44 missions, logging more than 2,200 hours as a gunner, during World War II. Upon his honorable discharge in 1945 and at the rank of staff sergeant, Harvey returned home to Perkins.
On Nov. 16, 1946, Harvey was united in marriage to the former Ramona Sheffer at St. Charles Church in Perkins. Together the couple resided in Gladstone before building and relocating to Soo Hill, where they made their home and raised their family. Harvey was employed as a heavy equipment operator at Mead Paper for 43 years. During his retirement years, he and Ramona enjoyed traveling to Florida, Arkansas and Arizona. His loving wife Ramona preceded him in death on Jan. 7, 2007.
Harvey S. Fournier
Harvey was a member of St. Anthony Church in Wells. In addition, he was a member of the AmVets and enjoyed hunting, fishing, carpentry work, building homes, flying, and was a Green Bay Packers fan.
Harvey is survived by his son, Mike Fournier of Escanaba; daughters, Sue (Nikolai Protasoff) Bonno of Escanaba, Karen (Dennis Mavis) Cappeart of Cornell; sisters, Bertha Johnson and Agatha Branstrom, both of Perkins; grandchildren, Tonya (Bob) Munroe, Tracy (Jim) Gendron, Doug (Heather), Brian and Craig (Eddie Moritz) Bonno, Justin and Daniel Cappeart; great-grandchildren, Lexi and Ethan Bonno; and one precious great-grandchild "On the Way".
Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Harvey was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Jessie; loving wife, Ramona; brothers, Lawrence, George and Clarence Fournier; sisters, Marilyn Fredrickson and Elva Kossow; brothers-in-law, Delbert Johnson and Ernest Branstrom.
Harvey's family will receive friends on Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba. Military rites will follow visiting hours at 4 p.m. at the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba with the Delta County Veteran's Council presiding. Mass of Christian Burial will follow military rites at 5 p.m. on Monday at St. Anthony Church in Wells, with Rev. Fr. Rick Courier and Rev. Fr. Emmett Norden officiating. Luncheon will follow in the St. Anthony Parish Hall. Harvey will be laid to rest on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. at the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Fournier family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be offered online at www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.