Churchill, John Harvey (July 12, 1909 - September 12, 1941)

Harvey Churchill Loses Two

Months Battle for Life Passes Away at Douglas Hospital Early Last Friday Morning

Douglas Budget - September 18, 1941

Death ended the suffering of Harvey Churchill early Friday morning and aroused the deepest sympathy of the entire community. This same death ended a valiant struggle of a native Douglas boy to retain life against great odds.

Over two months ago-on July Fourth-Harvey was stricken by a severe case of stomach ulcers and was rushed to Douglas hospital where an emergency operation was performed. A young man in apparent excellent health, only 32 years of age and physically fit, it was expected he would recover in short order.

Following several weeks he improved sufficiently to be removed to his home; but not for long. The severity of the occasion became apparent and he was returned to the hospital. His condition gradually became worse. Another operation was performed, several blood transfusions were made and everything known to medical science was done in an attempt to stop the malady. The suffering patient, uncomplaining, fought for life ten long weeks. Death won at 1:00 a.m. last Friday morning.

The untimely death of one of Douglas' native sons, just entering the prime of life with a favorable future ahead, brought a surge of sympathy from the entire community. His fight for life was not fought by himself alone but by his many friends who anxiously hoped day by day for improvement in his condition.

John Harvey Churchill was born in Douglas July 12, 1909, the son of Harry D. and Cora Churchill. He grew up and attained his early schooling in Orin, coming to Douglas for his high school education. He graduated with honors in 1928 and was awarded a scholarship at Wyoming University.

Following his studies at the university he went to Denver where for seven years he was employed at the Union Bus terminal. In that city on may 3, 1934, he was united in marriage to Juanita Huitt of Denver.

Early in 1937 he returned to Douglas and accepted a position with the Hern Chevrolet company. For the past two years he has been a valued member of the bookkeeping staff of the Douglas National Bank.

Harvey was a talented baseball player and followed this sport wherever his home might be. His qualities as a pitcher are known in Denver and Casper as well as Douglas and vicinity. In school he excelled in athletics.

He was a member of the Masonic lodge of Douglas, having been made a Mason in June, 1939. He proved a valuable addition to the membership and took an active part in the work of the lodge.

He was interested in music and for a number of years occupied a chair in several dance orchestras of Douglas.

Above all he was a young man of excellent character, a competent worker with a vision of better and loftier heights to climb. Last summer his dream of a home of his own came true when he and his wife purchased the Marcus Nelson home a few miles north of Douglas.

Aside from his parents and wife he leaves to mourn his passing three sisters, Mrs. Joe Mashek of Hudson, Wyo., Mrs. Ronald Ridgeway of Douglas and Mrs. Arthur Lindberg of Vallejo, Calif.; a grandfather, John Henry Hughes of Glendo; two uncles, Henry and William Hughes, also of Glendo; two aunts, Mrs. Amy Weaklen of Douglas and Mrs. M.E. Pollick of Orin. He leaves behind also a member of nieces and nephews and cousins.

Ashlar Lodge No. 10 A.F. & A.M. was in charge of funeral services at the Temple Sunday afternoon, assisted by Rev. Louis Gale of the Congregational church. Interment was in the Churchill plot at Douglas Park cemetery. Pallbearers were Clem Hern, Jim Marsden, Russell Queen, E.H. Potter, Dan Danaher, and Ralph Larson.

Out-of-town relatives here for the funeral were J.H. Hughes, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hughes and family and William Hughes and family, all of Glendo; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Peterson and Mr. and Mrs. John Getz of Casper; Mrs. Alex Mashek and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Blagg of Lusk; Mr. and Mrs. John Hill of Riverton, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mashek and family of Hudson.


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