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Goglin Funeral Home, Tripp
Monday March 11th, 2013
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Tuesday March 12th, 2013

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Harvey Harlan Pietz

Rev. Greg Way
Organist ~ Karen Huether
Soloist ~ Lennis Mehlhaff
"Under His Wings"
Congregational Hymns
"How Great Thou Art"
"Nearer My God to Thee"
Jarren Bartelt
Mike Hough
Brian Moncur
Kenny Pietz
Robert Piezt
Wayne Pietz
Harvey Harlan Pietz was born Saturday, November 14, 1936 in rural Hutchinson County near Tripp, South Dakota to William and Bertha (Sprecher) Pietz. He graduated from Tripp High School in 1954. Harvey earned his bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from South Dakota State University in Brookings in 1958. Harvey was a game management biologist for the Dept. of Game, Fish and Parks for over 34 years. He began his career in Pierre, later moving to Yankton for several years. He returned to Pierre and continued to live there after retiring in 1992.
Harvey contracted polio in 1952 and was handicapped in his lower extremities for the rest of his life. Never letting his disability stop him from enjoying the pursuits that he loved, Harvey spent countless hours hunting both large and small game and fishing. He was an expert game caller and had won first place in a duck calling contest. He enjoyed gardening and loved to experiment with a variety of vegetables, plants and fruit trees. Harvey passed away following a battle with cancer on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Avera St. Benedict Hospital in Parkston at the age of 76 years, 3 months, and 23 days.
Harvey is survived by five siblings: Leroy Pietz of Tripp, Myra Bartelt of Parkston, Merlin (Judy) Pietz of Parker, Richard (Sharon) Pietz of Sioux Falls, and Calvin (Ann) Pietz of Mitchell; and many nieces and nephews.
Harvey is preceded in death by his parents, William and Bertha Pietz; one brother, Willard Pietz; and one sister, Gloria Hough.

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What a grand hunting partner and friend Harvey was. I enjoyed his generous invitations to share his duck and goose hunts when we worked together at G,F&P in Pierre, but my absolute favorite invites were too indulge in his homegrown black diamond watermelons. To this day I think of Harvey every time I see watermelon and I tell everyone how no such fruit measures up to what Harvey could grow. I also cannot pass a Taco Johns franchise without thinking of Harvey. He always talked of owning one. I still refer to them all as Taco Harveys. Obviously, I'll never forget my good friend Harvey. I trust he's up there flying with the mallards and smiling down on all of us.

Ron Spomer Apr 1 2013 3:35 PM

Harvey was one of a kind. Generous and loyal. If ever you had to be in a fox hole with someone Harvey would be the one. We had some good times turkey hunting. I was never much of a turkey hunter, but went with Harvey a few times just to keep him company. I learned a lot on those trips, about Harvey and the outdoors. One time at a location in the Black Hills that Harvey had carefully scouted we set up to get ourselves a turkey. We were both in camouflage, hidden by brush with our backs against a pine tree. Harvey started calling with his turkey squawk box. Soon, not more than a few yards from us came a long bearded tom, fanned, wattles gorged and strutting around looking for a hen. Harvey insisted I shoot it. I shook my head no and he nodded his head insisting it was my turkey. I finally shot it, Harvey wasn't going to shoot as long as I was there. That trip Harvey didn't shoot a turkey but I always said that turkey was his. He did everything but pull the trigger. That was the kind of guy he was. If you were his friend he put you first.

Jim Pollock Mar 26 2013 8:52 PM

I was sorry to hear of Harvey's passing. I was his secretary for many years at the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. I even helped him with some projects he had after he retired. I always enjoyed visiting with him whenever I ran into him in the store or on the street. Harvey will always have a place in my heart. Sandy Hoerner

Sandra Hoerner Mar 21 2013 6:56 AM

I'll miss Harvey. I shared a few hunting and fishing trips with him and many, many stories filled with outdoor adventures and laughs. He instructed me on the proper way to call ducks, but I never mastered it the way Harvey had. He was a dedicated and knowledgeable biologist. He was one of the few fellas in Pierre authorized to score antlers for the Boone & Crocket record book. I still remember the meticulous measurements that Harvey would take on a set of antlers. In the latter days I bought Harvey's little 12' Lund duck boat, and I'll think of him every time I use, or clean it of spiders (ha).

Dave Ode Mar 21 2013 6:16 AM

Harvey was a great biologist and South Dakota's wildlife resources are better because on Harvey's dedicated work for GFP and the people of South Dakota. I just retired from Game and Fish and will always remember Harvey and his passion for wildlife management and hunting. Harvey will live in our hearts and our memories.

Dennie Mann Mar 11 2013 6:29 AM

I'll always cherish those frosty fall mornings I shared with Harvey in his duck boat in the cattails at Antelope Island. Those were great lessons in calling mallards, successfully

Bruce Coonrod Mar 8 2013 6:47 PM