Dealer ‘Big Jim’ Harvey Embraced RV Industry

December 16, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The following is an obituary for Michigan RV dealer Jim Harvey that ran in the Midland Daily News. Click here to view an article authored by Al Hesselbart published in the October 2002 edition of RV News.

“Big Jim” Harvey, 74, of Bay City, Mich., passed away early Thursday (Dec. 15) morning at Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland. The son of the late Elmer and Nila (Woolan) Harvey, he was born Sept, 14, 1937, in Grand Island, Neb.

In 1957, Jim founded what began as a trailer sales company and is now International RV World with Michigan locations in Bay City, Mount Pleasant and Gaylord. He is very well known across the country in the RV industry. Jim loved to buy and sell anything and also enjoyed his Harley-Davidson motorcycles and boating.

Jim is survived by his wife, Bobbie J. Harvey; his children, Vicki (William) Brown, Cindy Chapman, Shelley Harvey, Sonya (John) Rodgers, Angela (Timmy) Gibson and Kelley (Trevor) Harvey-Martin; grandchildren, Tracy, Jeff, Tara, Shannon, Lynne, Brian, Nicole, Makenzie, Cameron, Elizabeth, James, Dawson, Timothy, Cody, Jackie and Morgan; seven great-grandchildren; four sisters, Lois Hardiman, Dessie (Don) Sample, Betty VanConant and Roberta (Richard) Baker; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Jim was also preceded in death by a son, Alan Harvey; his brother, Elmer “Jigs” Harvey; and a sister, Barbara VanConant.

The funeral service will take place at 1 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the Gephart Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Fremont Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 2-8 p.m., and on Tuesday from noon until time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family, which will be donated to a local charity to assist needy people in the area. For information visit


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