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Harvey M. McMullen

October 15, 1925 — October 9, 2015

Harvey M. McMullen passed away peacefully on Friday, October 9, 2015 surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hospice. On October 15, 1925 he was born in Climax, MN to Harvey and Ragna (Jevning) McMullen. He attended schools in Climax, Grafton and graduated high school from Hoople, MN. From a young age Harvey had a competitive spirit. He started playing marbles when he was 10 and became the North Dakota State marble champion in 1938. Harvey was recruited to play basketball at Concordia College. He then served his country during World War II. After returning from service he transferred to Mayville State Teachers College to pursue a pitching career where he earned his degree in Education and where he met his future bride Eileen O’Hara (Rusty). He earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan and his Doctorate Degree in Psychology at UND. Harvey loved sports in general but excelled in baseball. He had an outstanding career pitching for the Mayville Red Caps. He was North Dakota MVP baseball player in 1951 and 1952, and was later inducted into the ND Baseball Hall of Fame. A highlight was pitching against Roger Maris and Hank Aaron, and winning the 1951 ND State Amateur baseball title which won the team a trip to the World Series. Harvey’s career and commitment to Mayville State was evident by the many young students he recruited and mentored. He taught Psychology and Human Development in the classroom. He held positions throughout his career as Dean of Housing, Dean of Men, Dean of Students, and coached a variety of sports. Harvey never forgot a name or a face. Harvey and Rusty had business ventures as co-owners and operators of the Mayville Dairy Queen and The Four Season’s department store in Mayville. He was a member of Mayville Lutheran Church where he enjoyed many years teaching Sunday School. He loved to golf and enjoyed his Monday night card group. As staunch supporters of their grandchildren, Harvey and Rusty traveled throughout the United States rarely missing an athletic event. As much as he loved sports, his pride, joy and unfailing commitment was to his family. Harvey is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Rusty. They were blessed with four daughters and a son. He leaves behind Sue and Tim Strand, Mayville, ND, their four children Jeremy (Tara), Jerod (Rachel), Ashley (Adam) and Amber (Tyler); Julie and Terry Graham, Great Falls, MT with two children Lindsey (Brett) and Tyler; Laurie and Tom Weiskopf, Big Sky, MT; Mary Jo and Mark Amb, Portland, ND with four children Brittany (Jason), Michael (Amanda), Chelsey and Courtney; and Jim McMullen, Chandler, AZ and 17 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law Charlotte McMullen and several nieces and nephews. Harvey was preceded in death by his parents Harvey and Ragna McMullen and his brother Jim. He was loved by many and will be missed dearly by his family and friends. Memorials to Hospice of the Red River Valley, Harvey and Eileen McMullen Scholorship Fund at Mayville State University or Luther Memorial Home in Mayville. Visitation: Will be 5 – 7 PM with a 7 PM Public Prayer Service on Monday, October 12, 2015 at the Luther Memorial Home Chapel, in Mayville, ND and will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral Service: 10:30 AM Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Mayville Lutheran Church in Mayville, ND. Military Honors: May~Port Honor Guard & ND Military Funeral Honors Burial: Will be at the Mayville Cemetery, Mayville, ND.
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