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Robert Allen Garvey

March 7, 1938 ~ April 1, 2022 (age 84)

Obituary

Garvey, Robert A. age 84 passed away April 1, 2022 after a long revered life laden with achievements and fulfilled dreams. He is preceded in death by his parents Josephine Eunice (Chessen) and Bernard Francis Garvey Sr., four sisters Josephine Gregory, Madeline Herb, Rosemary Smith, Kathryn Boone, and five brothers, John, Bernard, James, Thomas, and Gerald. He is survived by one sister Joan Keller, two daughters Sara Ann Garvey and Amy Wasik and two granddaughters. Family, friends, and colleagues from Minnesota will remember him most from his years at North Star Steel a Cargill subsidiary. However, his life and achievements began in Alton, Illinois. Garvey received and undergraduate degree form University Missouri-Rolla when it was known as Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy while working at Laclede Steel in Alton by participating in the school's first Cooperative Training Program. After graduation in 1961, Garvey continued with Laclede Steel Company until 1978. While at Laclede he developed and built their continuous casting department. In 1978 he moved his family to Minnesota to begin at North Star Steel as a mill superintendent reporting to the mill general manager. Garvey's talents were noted by his promotions and by 1984 Garvey was elected president of North Star Steel Company. Throughout Garvey's incredible career he maintained a work life balance his family enjoyed with him, downhill skiing, golfing, and traveling with friends are the favorite pastimes. Never one to be idle or restrained Garvey was appointed chairman, CEO and director of Birmingham Steel Corporation in 1996 and retired to Minnesota in 2000. Garvey was a member, director, and former officer of several industry groups: former chairman of the steel manufacturers association; Director of the American iron and steel institute; member of the US commerce department industrial policy advisory committee and government policy committee of the Steel Service Center, Institute; former member of the board of trustees of Dunwoody Institute, Minneapolis, and Saint Benedict's college, Saint Joseph, MN; former chairman of the national steel producers Association; former Director of the iron and steel Society of the American Institute of mining and metallurgical engineering and former chairman of that group southwest section. Garvey also served as the first chairman of you UMR (University Missouri-Rolla) board of trustees. In May 1995, Garvey was inducted as a founding member of the new Academy of Mines and Metallurgy and received an MSM-UMR Alumni Association Award in 1997. In 1996 became a member of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh and served on the Campaign Organizing Committee. Surrounded in love his eldest daughter moved in to take care of him in his last two years of life. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Friday, May 20, 2022 at the Church of Ss Peter and Paul, 145 Railway Street East, Loretto. Visitation 5-8 p.m. Thursday at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 East Wayzata Boulevard, Wayzata and one hour prior to Mass at Church.

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
May 19, 2022

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
David Lee Funeral Chapel
1220 East Wayzata Blvd
Wayzata, MN 55391

Visitation
Friday
May 20, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The Church of Ss Peter and Paul
145 Railway Street East
Loretto, MN 55357

Mass of Christian Burial
Friday
May 20, 2022

11:00 AM
The Church of Ss Peter and Paul
145 Railway Street East
Loretto, MN 55357

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