Kathryn Faye (Schoonover) Harvey passed away peacefully at home in Parrish, Florida, on April 19, 2024. She was born to Charles and Sara (Coppess) Schoonover on Aug. 27, 1933, in Gary, Indiana. Kathy grew up in Guthrie Center, was confirmed in the United Methodist Church, and graduated from Guthrie Center Community Schools in 1951. She was a scrappy guard, known as “Blondie” when she was selected for the Third (1950) and First team (1951) All-State Basketball Team. After graduating, she moved to Des Moines, playing basketball for AIB. She later worked for the Iowa State Conservation Commission. Kathy met her future husband, Harold, while roller skating, and they married in 1954. Within the first six years of marriage, they had five children. She was a homemaker and actively helped Harold in his home remodeling and income property business. In 1970, she went back to school and earned an LPN (nursing) degree and worked at the VA Hospital. Kathy was active in all the activities of her children, never missing an event. She had many hobbies: raising puppies, working at RVLL ballpark, cooking (she made the best beef and noodles), flower gardening, collecting antiques, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes, knitting and playing bridge. Most of all, she loved being with her family, who remember her generosity, unconditional love and support for her family and all of her many friends.

Kathy will be missed by all; her children, Craig (Lisa) of Rosemount, Minnesota, Tom of Palmetto, Florida, David (Ellen) of Clive, Julie of Parrish, Florida; and eight grandchildren, Laura Friend (Joe) of Savage, Minnesota, Emily Tomes (Joe) of Lakeville, Minnesota, Taryn Chapman of Palmetto, Florida, Tyler Harvey (Amy) of Estero, Florida, Ross Harvey (Emily) of San Mateo, California, Allison Smith (Colton) of Golf, Illinois, Rob Harvey of Beaverdale, and Jake Harvey of Tampa, Florida; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Harold; infant son, Jeffery Allan; parents; sisters, Judy and Phyllis; half-brother, Melvin; nephews, Timothy and Richard; nieces, Tena and Karen; and brothers-in-law, Paul and Keith.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2024, at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines with visitation from 10 a.m. until service time. Burial will be at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines.

On behalf of Kathy’s family, we thank you for your prayers and support. Memorial contributions may be directed to a local hospice of your choice, or we ask that you to do something generous or kind for a family member or someone in honor of Kathy.