Harvey Andrew Douma passed away on Monday, November 23, 2015 at the age of 98 in Manteca, CA. Harvey was born on May 26, 1917 in Manistique, Michigan to Andrew and Sofia (Dalman) Douma. He was raised in the Holland community until the age of eighteen months when he moved with his family to California, settling in the Ripon community.
Harvey enlisted in the United States Merchant Marines in March of 1944 and served during WWII until he received his honorable discharge in August 1945. Harvey was united in marriage to Etta Mae on August 31, 1939 in Ripon, CA. Harvey and Etta Mae celebrated over 58 years of marriage together until Etta Mae passed in 1997. Harvey was a member of the Ripon Police Department for over 31 years, serving 19 years as the Chief of Police. Among his special interests, Harvey enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling. His love of traveling took him to Alaska for fishing, hunting in Colorado in the fall, a trip through the Panama Canal as well as trips to Venezuela, Spain and Brazil. Since the 1940’s, Harvey spent every summer at the family cabin near Kennedy Meadows in the Stanislaus National Forest. Harvey was very involved in the Ripon community, having been a charter member of the Ripon Rotary Club, Charter member of the Ripon Historical Society, Life member of the Chamber of Commerce and member of the City Safety Council for over 55 years. In 1993, Harvey received the Distinguished Service Award from the Ripon Jaycees. He served as the Grand Marshall of Ripon’s Almond Blossom Parade on two occasions, and Grand Marshall of Ripon High School’s Centennial Parade and Celebration.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Etta Mae; his siblings, Herb Douma, Verna Weidert and Wilfred McCoy; his son in law, Darryl Vincelet; and his great grandchildren, Cole Hatcher and Julia Hatcher.
Harvey is survived by his children, Linda (Frank) Perrando of Dixon, CA, Donna (Mike) Vincelet Brundy of Lodi, CA and Donald (Paris) Douma of Ripon, CA; his brother, Russell (Martha) Douma of Ripon, CA; his grandchildren, Diane Vincelet Wong, Greg and Roger Vincelet, Mike and Mark Perrando, Stacey Cardoza and Dorine Hatcher. Also surviving are eight great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Reformed Church, 741 W. 2nd Street, Ripon, CA. Private burial rites and Internment will be held at a later date.
In his lieu of flowers, donation in his memory may be made to the Calvary Reformed Church Women’s Ministry, 741 W. 2nd Street, Ripon, CA, Interfaith Ministries, 816 W. Main Street, Ripon, CA or to the Clarence Smit Museum, 430 W. Main Street, Ripon, CA.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Friday, November 27, 2015