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DOWNEY – Wayne Allen Harvey, born in Monterey Park on Feb. 8, 1940, passed away July 17 at the age of 72.
He graduated from South Gate High School in 1958 and worked as a letter carrier at the South Gate Post Office for 33 years.
After retiring from the post office in July of 1992, he worked as a driving instructor for E-Z Driving School. He worked there 10 years and retired in January of 2005.
Harvey was in the U.S. Army from 1963-66. He completed boot camp at Fort Ord and served in Korea and Fort Lewis, Wash.
A racecar enthusiast, he belonged to the Rod Riders Car Club, the Southern California Timing Association and the National Hot Rod Association in the 1960s through the 1980s. He raced at Irwindale (the old Bean Field) and at El Mirage Dry Lake in Victorville, the quarter-mile track in Carlsbad and in at the Salt Flats in Bonnevile, Utah.
He was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Marjorie (Hirschberger) Harvey, and brothers Hank (Sonny) Harvey and Gene Harvey.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty (Cimino) Harvey; brothers-in-law, Jimmy Cimino and Frank (Butch) Cimino, and wife Emmy Cimino; extended family Jeannie Cimino and Stacey Cimino; nine nieces and five nephews; and many cousins.
A celebration of life will be held Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. at First Christian Church in Bellflower.
Published: July 26, 2012 – Volume 11 – Issue 15