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Retired Waukegan cop, wife killed in Arkansas motorcycle crash

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WAUKEGAN, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Purple and black bunting hangs outside the north suburban Waukegan Police Department this week to remember retired police Lt. Steve Harvey and his wife, Linda, who died Monday after their motorcycle went off a road in the Ozark mountains of Arkansas.

“Steve was a big part of our field training office,” Waukegan Police Chief Wayne Walles told the Lake County News-Sun. “He had a very strong common sense approach to things and he had a very good sense of humor.

“He had a love of life,” Walles added.

Harvey joined the force in 1980 and retired in 2008, when he went to work with staff and students at the Lakeshore Academy alternative school in Waukegan.

“He truly enjoyed being there,” Walles said.

Harvey also made a significant impact on Lake Shore Academy, said Dr. Elizabeth Conran, the chief academic officer of the Menta Group, which runs the school.

“During his five year tenure, Steve had a positive and lasting impact on our students and faculty at Lakeshore Academy,” she said. “We offer our prayers and condolences to his family and friends. Our memories of Steve at the Menta Group will be long lasting.”

A couple of years ago, Harvey joined the Patriots Motorcycle Club, which was cofounded by Donnie Paulsen, a Waukegan police officer who had Harvey as his boss.

The group, which consists of police officers, firefighters, emergency medical personnel and veterans, started in Waukegan with 13 officers and now has four chapters in three states. In 11 years, members have raised about $125,000 for various causes to give back to the community.

Paulsen said Harvey had gone to Branson, Mo., and may have been on his way to a motorcycle rally at 9 a.m. Monday, June 23, when the crash occurred on a curve in the Ozarks. Arkansas State police said it appears he lost control of his motorcycle.

“He was always going on some kind of adventure,” said Paulsen, adding that his friend also enjoyed fishing and even went alligator hunting once.

“I always said I want to retire like him. He posted all these neat photographs on his Facebook page. He set the model,” Paulsen said of Harvey.

And where ever Harvey went, his wife was with him enjoying his well-known sense of humor.

“His club name was Giggles,” Paulsen said. “Everyone called him that because of his infectious laugh.

“I liked that he always put his family first. If he had a choice between a club event or family function, he always went with the family,” Paulsen added.

The Harveys are survived by three grown children, Therese, Mark and Jenny.

The club is helping Harvey’s children with the funeral arrangements, which are being made through Peterson & Patch Funeral Home in Waukegan.

“When they didn’t answer their cell phones the club got the ball rolling to find our brother and sister,” said Paulsen, adding that the couple will be flown back to Waukegan soon.

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