Harvey Roberts Waltersdorf, veteran, Westinghouse retiree

June 10, 2024

Harvey Roberts Waltersdorf, 95, of Ashburn, Va., and formerly of Rehoboth Beach, passed away Thursdsay, June 6, 2024, in hospice care due to failing health. He was born in Chester, Pa., to Harvey Reginald Waltersdorf and Elva Mae Waltersdorf (nee Shropshire) Nov. 16, 1928. Harvey enjoyed building model airplanes and collecting World War II postcards. He graduated from Glen-Nor High School in 1946 and served in the U.S. Army from 1951-53, rising to the rank of sergeant. He married Elizabeth Virginia Bates Jan. 27, 1951, in Linwood, Pa. 

Harvey worked as a manufacturing foreman at Westinghouse Electric and became a project manager. He furthered his education through college extension programs and was active in the local civic association in Swarthmore, Pa., where he and Elizabeth made their home. Harvey retired from Westinghouse in 1995 and moved to Rehoboth Beach in 1997. He enjoyed Harley-Davidsons and antique cars. Harvey served on the Save Our Lakes Alliance and spearheaded the initiative for the Rehoboth Beach Museum, where he volunteered as a docent. Elizabeth passed away in 2002. After his marriage to Margaret Cox Nov. 3, 2007, Harvey joined Epworth Methodist Church and served as an usher. He and Margaret enjoyed traveling and attending concerts at the Bandstand. 

Harvey is survived by his wife, Margaret of Ashburn, Va., his son, Harvey Jr. (Martha) of Cary, N.C.; his daughter, Linda Cobourn (Ronald) of Marcus Hook, Pa.; and several grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Harvey and Elva Waltersdorf; his wife, Elizabeth Waltersdorf; and his son-in-law, Ronald Cobourn. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 12, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Hwy., with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will be private.

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