Harvey E. Ally, Jr.

November 13, 1926 ‒ May 25, 2005

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Harvey E. Ally, Jr., 78, of Possum Run Road, Bellville, died Wednesday morning May 25, 2005 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a sudden illness.

He was born November 13, 1926 in Newville to Harvey E. Ally, Sr. and Helen G. (Scott) Ally, was raised in Butler and was graduated from Butler High School in 1944.

In 1945 he entered the US Army, and served with Company C, 799th Military Police Battalion in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was a member of Irvin Hiskey Post #535 American Legion, Bellville.

Upon discharge, he returned to the valley, and married Geraldine E. “Geri” Miller on July 28, 1946.

Harvey worked with his father-in-law, George Miller, on his beef cattle and dairy farm, as well as his horticultural interests and Miller Greenhouse.

He had also worked nearly 20 years with the City of Mansfield’s Street Department, first as an operator, and was later promoted to supervisor, before retirement.

Though his emphysema kept him close to home, he remained active mowing, feeding the birds and gardening ~ annually anticipating sowing garden seeds.

Of an “easy going and gentle nature”, Harvey was content in life, as his needs were few. Described as a “simple man, who never made an enemy” ~ his family has yet to meet anyone with anything bad to say about Harvey.

He is survived by his son Bradley E. Ally and his fiancée Susi McCaffery of Bellville; a daughter-in-law Diana Ally of Bellville; grandchildren Sara Ally of Mount Vernon, John and Leah Gossom of Columbus, Mick and Stacy Fry of Loudonville and Timothy and Christy Fry of Junction City, Colorado; four great grandchildren; two brothers and a sister-in-law Lester and Carol Ally of Bellville and Chuck Ally of Butler; two sisters Thelma McPherson of Spring Hill, Florida and Betty Newell of Bradenton, Florida; a sister-in-law Virginia Ally of New Haven; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Geri Ally on November 13, 2000; two sons Michael Ally and Bruce Ally; a brother George Ally and a sister Margaret Palmer.

The family will receive friends Friday, May 27, 2005 from 5-8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Saturday at 10:30 am. Pastor Bill Heaton will officiate. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery, where American Legion Post #535 will hold military honors.

Memorial contributions to Worthington Township-Butler Rescue Squad or Jefferson Township-Bellville Rescue Squad may be made at the funeral home.