Harvey McCoy of San Antonio, formerly of Bishop, departed this life on March 7, 2020 at the age of 94 years and one month in San Antonio. He was born and raised in Bishop.
McCoy was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Zula McCoy; brothers, Elmer McCoy Jr. and J.W. McCoy; grandchildren, Mason McCoy and Matthew McCoy; and daughter-in-law, Dawn McCoy.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elaine McCoy; daughters, Sandra (Stephen) Ramsower and Karen (Keith) Pyron; son, James McCoy; and grandchildren, Jason Ramsower, Rachel Ramsower, Morgan McCoy, McKenna McCoy, Taylor Pyron and Justin Pyron.
Harvey was a life-long member of the First United Methodist church in Bishop. He was a member of the Bishop Masonic Lodge where he served as Worship Master in 1961. He was also a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason.
McCoy loved airplanes and flight. His greatest disappointment was not being able to join the U.S. Air Force due to color blindness. He did, however, become a private pilot later. He was a member of the Confederate Air Force and loved helping with the air shows they participated in.
While attending Texas Military Institute (TMI) in San Antonio, McCoy joined the U.S. Marines. Harvey served in the South Pacific, Guam and Iwo Jima during World War II, and was witness to the historical “raising of the flag” in Iwo Jima.
Upon returning from his service, McCoy attended Texas A&I in Kingsville and graduated in 1950. Along the way, he acquired his private pilot’s license and flew many different small aircraft as a hobby throughout his life. He was an outdoorsman who loved farming, hunting, fishing and traveling with his family.
A graveside service for Harvey will be held on May 23, 2020 at Restland Memory Park at 2 p.m. in Bishop.
All memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice.