Mr. Harvey W. Templeton, Galesburg Chapel

79, of Galesburg, Illinois died with his family at his side at 2:58 p.m. Saturday, April 15, 2017 at his home.

He was born on October 13, 1937 in Galesburg to Clarence and Mary A. Simpkins Templeton.  He married Nancy Alderson on November 21, 1959 in Galesburg.

Harvey is survived by his wife, Nancy of Galesburg; two daughters, Kelly (and Steve) Cheesman of Galesburg and Kendra (and Bob) Dochterman of California; two sisters, Caroline Adolphson and Bonnie (and Larry) Reid both of Galesburg; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Templeton; a brother-in-law, Ray Jacobs; and four grandchildren, Breck and Carson Cheesman and Logan and Olivia Dochterman.  Harvey was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, Penny Kay; two brothers, George Templeton and Clarence Templeton; and three sisters, Christine Luper, Mary Jane Bell and Margo Jacobs.

Harvey was a Store Clerk for the C.B. & Q., Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroads for 40 years, retiring in 1997.  As a teenager, he worked with his father at Templeton Roofing.He was a 1956 graduate of Galesburg High School.  He was a member of Central Congregational Church where he served as head usher, deacon and a Sunday school teacher.  He was a supporter of the Galesburg Railroad Museum and American Legion Baseball.  He was an IHSA basketball, football and baseball official.  He enjoyed gardening.  He loved attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.Harvey never met a stranger.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Central Congregational Church.  Rev. James Ecklund and Rev. Sterrett Collins will officiate.  Burial will be in the East Linwood Cemetery, Galesburg.  Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel.  Memorials may be made to Hospice Compassus or the University of Iowa Hospital Heart and Vascular Center.  Online condolences may be left at

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12 Guestbook Entries to “Mr. Harvey W. Templeton, Galesburg Chapel”

  1. I enjoyed seeing Harvey nearly every Super Bowl Sunday for the past 30 years. Always delightful to talk to and passionate about the teams he followed, especially the Galesburg bball girls. I’ll miss him.

  2. May God hold you in His hands during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Much love from your church family.

  3. Kelly, Steve and families;
    My sincerest condolences to you all. May you find God’s peace and comfort at this time.

  4. Harvey miss you already, knew you from GHS and the RR Museum. We had many good times together like the trip to the State Fair for “Galesburg Day’s” and left early because the heat was so oppressive. Your family will always smile at the thought of you as will I.

  5. So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your family.

  6. I’am so very sorry for your loss,my thoughts and prayers are with your family.God’s peace be with each of you at this difficult time.

  7. Kelly & family, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  8. Harvey and I attended both Churchill Jr. High and GHS. We played basketball while attending Churchill. Harvey now joins Russ Lind as our two Churchill basketball guards who are no longer around. I always walked or rode my bike past his house to and from school. Our mothers were active in PTA during those years.

    My thoughts and prayers to all the family especially Margo.

    Bill Graning

  9. Kelly and Family,

    Just want you to know that I have you in my thoughts.

    That is so true , that your Dad did not know a stranger.

  10. Thank you to all who have said kind words and offered their prayers. We find great comfort in that.

  11. Nancy & Family:

    I am so sorry to hear the passing of Harvey. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.

  12. Kelly & family;
    Always enjoyed visiting with your dad when I was their mail carrier. He always put a smile on my face. Thoughts & prayers to all of you!

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