October 27, 1926 - October 9, 2021
Mr. Harvey Wardius, 94, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, October 9, 2021 in Oklahoma City. He was born October 27, 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Edwin and Agnes (Meyer) Wardius. He enjoyed gardening, landscaping, hunting, fishing, target shooting, and building things. He was a member of the American Legion Alley-White Post 52, Masonic Lodge No. 38 in Norman, Oklahoma, Tacoma Scottish Rite, NRA, Fleet Reserve, and Twin Lakes Gun Club. Harvey married Annie L. Hamman in Gainesville, Texas. During their marriage they lived in Norman, Oklahoma; Portland, Oregon; Sand Diego and San Francisco, California; Lynnwood, Blaine, and Lakebay, Washington; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Kalispell, Montana, and Oro Valley, Arizona. They moved from Oro Valley to Mountain Home in 2005. Harvey served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received when a Kamikaze crashed into his ship, the USS Halsey Powel DD686. He also served during the Korean War, was on recruiting duty during Vietnam, and served in the Navy from 1943 until he retired in June 1966 as a Chief Petty Officer. After retirement, he went on to work for the U.S. Customs Service as an Inspector in Seattle, Washington, Supervisor Inspector in Pre-Clearance in Vancouver, Supervisor Inspector in Blaine, Operations Officer at the Regional in San Francisco, and became Chief Inspector in Blaine. During his career in the Customs Service, he was on loan to the State Department and was a member of the Presidents Cabinet Committee for International Narcotic Control. In this position, he got to travel to many foreign countries including Quito, Ecuador, Sofia, Varna, and Bulgaria. He received the Customs Service's highest award the ''Commissioner Citation'' for his work in this program. He retired from the Customs Service in June 1981 and traveled extensively with his wife throughout the U.S. and abroad. They worked nine summers at the Hamilton Stores in Yellowstone National Park. The last four summers he was the store manager at the Canyon Village and Grant village stores. In January of 2017, he moved The Fountains of Canterbury in Oklahoma City. Harvey is survived by daughter: Sharyn A. Kremer of Edmond, Oklahoma; 3 sons: Stephen P. Wardius of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Christopher D. Wardius of Yamhill, Oregon, and Kirk T. Wardius of Portland, Oregon; seven grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife, brother Harold Wardius, and grandson Jon, who passed away at the early age of 37. A funeral service will be held at 3:00pm on Friday, October 22, 2021 at Roller Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Baxter Memorial Gardens.
One of the best Customs Officers I ever had the pleasure of working with. We always enjoyed his visits to Metaline Falls, Border Station, when he came as the Seattle District Firearms Training Officer.
Gramps, you will be truly missed by so many. You will always be one of the great ones! You taught me how to fish, clean a fish, so many salamander hunts, cut wood, stack it precisely, run from grandma and pull your finger, math, reading even when I hated it, a mean game of cribbage that I actually beat you at sometimes! Christmas each string of tinsel on the tree one by one. Arizona pool time with you and grams and you saying Tia your crazy wild!!! I will never forget you, my heart aches as I would have loved to be with you one last time. I know your happy with Grams and Dad up there looking over us all!!! Until we are together again Gramps love your #1 Granddaughter!!!
We will miss you Grandpa Harv. We know you are where you want to be. Back with your Annie. We know you would not want it any other way. Keep your eyes on Colt on the lanes 🎳 from above. We ❤️ you. Love,Colt and Jeanne T. Jance
So sorry to hear the loss of our dear, former neighbor Harvey. While in Mtn. Home we met Annie and Harvey. When visto Annie at the N.H. Harvey was always there. He was very devoted husband. After he moved to Oklahoma, he called us and sent cards. A gentle man whom inspire respect and loyalty. Proud to have known him.
The world has lost one great man! Harvey was our neighbor (STEVE & KP Dunfee) on Cheviot Loop in Kalispell, MT for many years. Harvey and his dear, sweet, Annie helped with anything we ever needed. Annie's cookies and pies... yep! Harvey's landscaping talents, yep! And Harvey helping KP with fence building and laying down rocks will forever be remembered. We have a picture that Harvey took of our two boys playing basketball out in the driveway. They were about 5 and 7 years old and just loved to play. After 3 moves, we STILL have that picture hanging on our family wall. It was captured by Harvey and he knew how much it meant to us!!Rest in peace my friend. And to the family of this great human being....God Bless you all.- Steve & KP Dunfee
A gentle man and I was happy to have known him
My step-father Harvey was not only a wonderful and loving man, he was kind, generous and a man of few words as I was growing up. He taught me how to fish for trout and to hunt deer with a bolt action rifle. I believe I made him proud when I took the oath of enlistment and joined the U.S. Navy 30 minutes before he retired from the U.S. Navy as a Chief Personnelman. When I made Chief Radioman my Dad again was proud of me. Suffice it to say, Harvey Wardius was truly my hero since 1957.
A better man I never have known