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Karon Harvey

Karon Lee Harvey (Nutter)

Tuesday, July 20th, 1943 - Friday, September 4th, 2020
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Karon Lee Harvey, 77, of Scottsbluff, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept 4, 2020. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2pm on Saturday, Sept 12, 2020 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Scottsbluff with Fr. Vince Parsons as Celebrant. Social distancing and masks required to all who wish to attend; extra masks will be available. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of any flowers, memorials in Karon’s honor may be made in care of the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library mailed to or dropped off at Bridgman Funeral Home, 2104 Broadway, Scottsbluff, NE 69361, or to the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made by viewing Karon’s memorial page at Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff is entrusted with arrangements.

Karon was born on July 20, 1943 in Leavenworth, Kansas to Charles and Coyla (Lesher) Nutter. Her father was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth until he was deployed to the European theater in WWII. Karon had two younger siblings, Alma Johnson, and Dennis Nutter. Over the years, the family lived in Thedford, Broken Bow, Valentine, Niobrara, O’Neill, and Lincoln as Charles, a civil engineer, was transferred.

Karon was married to Dean “Kent” Harvey on May 21st, 1966. She received her Bachelor of Science from Chadron State College the day after the wedding. The couple moved to Gering/Scottsbluff in September where they established their roots lasting their lifetime. To this union, three children were born: Kim, Kirk, and Kif.

She earned her Master’s Degree in English in 1971 after attending several summers at the University of Northern Colorado. Karon taught English at Gering High School (1967-1968), Gering Junior High (1968-1989), and she was the Gering Junior High Media Director from 1989 until her retirement in 1999. During her retirement years, she taught several adjunct classes for Chadron State College and Western Nebraska Community College, continuing her lifelong love of education.

Karon enjoyed volunteering and serving in various organizations including Campfire Board of Directors, Campfire leader, BPW, Questers, North Platte Valley Museum, Rebecca Winters Genealogical Society, books clubs, Friends of the Library, and the Scottsbluff County Spelling Bee. She had been a lifetime member of the Nebraska Education Association. She was especially proud of the three decades serving the Scottsbluff Public Library as Board and Foundation member. Karon received an Admiralship in the Great Nebraska Navy award for her service on the Nebraska Library Commission.

During retirement, Kent and Karon traveled around the U.S. visiting family, enjoying grandchildrens’ activities, and attending family reunions. They also traveled to Iceland, Luxembourg, Holland, Netherlands, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Monaco, Spain, France, England, Wales, Mexico, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Greece, Turkey, Scotland, and Ireland.

Karon was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Dean Kent; her parents; grandparents Mabel and Leonard Lesher of Thedford, Ne; grandparents Catherine and Walter P. Nutter of Thedford; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is survived by her daughter Kim Biegler (Royce) and grandchildren Nicole Mundekis, Levi Biegler, Austin Biegler; son Kirk Harvey (Brandie) and grandchildren Mathew, Caitlyn, Andrew, and Mallorie Harvey; daughter Kif Corcoran (Nick) and grandchildren Madelynn and Joseph Corcoran; sister Alma Johnson (Mike); brother Dennis Nutter (Jana); Sister-in-Law Hazel LaPorte and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
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  • Service

    Saturday, September 12th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, September 12th, 2020 2:00pm
    St. Agnes Catholic Church
    2314 3rd Avenue
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    Father Vince Parsons
  • Interment

    Hillcrest Cemetery


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Samuel McPeek

Posted at 05:32pm
Family of Karon Harvey,
I would like to express my condolences on the passing of Mrs. Harvey. Karon was my ninth grade English teacher at Gering Junior High School. She was one of the best teachers that I ever had. English composition was not my strength, yet she helped me improve and strengthen my love for education, in fact, I would give her partial credit for the fact that my Ph.D. is in English composition and rhetoric. As you mourn your loss, Karon's dedication and love continues to have its influence in many places.
Rev. Dr. Samuel McPeek
Lafayette, La

R. Scott Kath

Posted at 04:14pm
My sister just recently brought this to my attention. Made me sad, but with some great memories. Karon was my English teacher at Gering Junior High (@1970). Such an inspiration and allowed me to reach beyond the usual curricula. Still remains one of my favorites. My condolances to the family.

Erin Reavis Reed

Posted at 02:38pm
Mrs. Harvey was my teacher in Gering at the Junior High. She was tough and dedicated and possessed a great sense of humor! Very nice sincere love and prayers to you. Erin Reavis Reed, GHS 1981 graduate

Bruce and Donna

Posted at 10:28pm
To the family of Mrs. Harvey,
I was one of Mrs. Harvey's students at GJHS in 78-79 school year. I remember she would "award" anyone a red
check mark in her grade book should they decide to speak using a double negative. My brother Billy followed her
into the class room after school one day speaking only double negatives. She told him she didn't have enough room
in her grade book for all his "awards"! He liked to push the envelope to those he cared about the most. Thank you for being the strong but fair instructor we students needed in order to succeed. We appreciate all you did for us!
Friends always in Jesus Christ,
Bruce and Donna(Acker)Bennett
Kyle, Texas

Gene & Mari Schwarzkopf

Posted at 03:35pm
Kim, Kirk and Kif,

So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So glad I got to know your mom playing pinochle she made the card group a lot of fun. May beautiful memories of a life well lived keep her close in your hearts.
May she rest in peace. God bless, Gene and Mari Schwarzkopf

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