COLUMBIANA, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Harvey W. Symons, age 96, of Columbiana, died on Sunday, January 15, 2023, at his home in Columbiana.

He was born on November 29, 1926, in Monessen, Pennsylvania, son of the late Richard and Marjorie Carter Symons.

Harvey was a veteran of the United States Navy having served during WWII. 

He had worked as a teacher for Columbiana Exempted Village School District, as well as the principal at the South Side Middle School, retiring in 1972. 

Harvey was an active member of the Columbiana First Presbyterian Church where he had served as a trustee for many year. 

He was active in his community and was a past member of the Rotary Club of Columbiana. Together with his wife, Dorothy, the couple managed and maintained Harmony Village in Columbiana for ten years when it first opened its doors. 

Harvey was known for being a “Handyman”.  He was a car enthusiast who enjoyed driving and showing his 1932 Chrysler convertible and he also enjoyed camping and vacationing with his family. As an educator, Harvey enjoyed taking educational trips and visiting historical sites. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Dorothy Kocher Symons, whom he married on August 17, 1951; children, Pattie (Larry) Sanders of Garden City, Kansas, Bruce “Harvey” Symons of Chillicothe, Ohio, Judy (Ed) Wilms of Columbiana and Martha Jean (David) Welther of Stilwell, Kansas; sister, Mary Dally of Carrollton, Ohio; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard C. Symons, Jr. and Ernest “Ted” Symons.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Columbiana First Presbyterian Church where memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Fritz Nelson officiating.   

Military honors will be accorded by the Benjamin Firestone Post #290, American Legion Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Harvey’s memory to the Columbiana First Presbyterian Church, 28 E. Park Avenue, Columbiana, OH 44408.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana. Family and friends may send condolences at

A television tribute will air Wednesday, January 18 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV. Video will be posted here the day of airing.