Harvey Hanover, 72, passed away after a five-month battle with melanoma on Thursday, August 11, 2016 in his home in Columbus, Ohio. He was born on October 17, 1943 to Henry E. and Esther P. (Andrews) Hanover in Elwood, Indiana, and was the youngest of six children.

A true Hoosier, Harvey played basketball through high school, and then he served his country honorably by joining the Navy after his graduation in 1962. During his time on board the U.S.S. McCaffrey, he made lifelong friends, and met his future wife, Mary (Palmer) Hanover. They fell in love writing letters back and forth while he sailed around the world with the Navy. In 1966, they embarked on a 50-year love story. Harvey and Mary were able to celebrate their 50-year love affair only five days prior to his passing, and they were grateful to be surrounded by friends and family to celebrate this amazing accomplishment.

Harvey loved model trains, playing pool, building corner cupboards and castles and anything else he could for his wife and kids. He had a lesser-known artistic side, and always enjoyed Vegas and Hawaii trips, and he rooted passionately for his favorite football teams. He devoted his life to his family, and all who knew him enjoyed his dry, wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by his life-long love and wife, Mary; his children, Holly, Dale and Kathy; as well as his grandchildren, Noah, Caden, Daemon, and Lily.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 1:00pm at the Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home, located at 174 North Lyman Street, Wadsworth, Ohio, with visitation being held one hour prior to service 12-1pm. Interment will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Mount Carmel Hospice, 1144 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43215.

Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home