Services for Iowa high school finalist, Iowa Central wrestler Vinnie Harvey

Services have been scheduled for Vinnie Harvey, wrestler at St. Edmond High School and Iowa Central Community College who drowned this past weekend in Lake Okoboji in northwestern Iowa. He was 23.

Vinnie Harvey
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, August 31, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 211 South 13th Street, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Burial will follow immediately at Corpus Christi Cemetery.

Vincent Richard Harvey was born in December 1995 in Fort Dodge. The 2014 St. Edmond graduate participated in both wrestling and football. Harvey was a runner-up at the 2014 Iowa state wrestling championships and concluded his high school mat career as all-time wins leader in wrestling at the Fort Dodge school.

Harvey stayed in his hometown to continue his athletic and academic career, attending Iowa Central Community College where he remained active on the wrestling mat and gridiron.

"After college, family continued to be very important to Vinnie," according to Harvey's obituary. "He worked with his dad and was a brother his sisters could always count on for a laugh. If he wasn't watching the WWE or sitting on a dock listening to music you could find Vinnie at the gym, lifting weights and rattling off movie quotes with his friends. The family lake house was his absolute favorite place to be. His best friends were his brothers and sisters and his friends were like family to Vinnie."

It was at Lake Okoboji near the Iowa-Minnesota border where Vinnie Harvey had spent last Saturday night, and was reported missing Sunday morning. That day, the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office posted a plea for information on social media regarding the missing Harvey, who it identified as "a high school wrestling coach." On Tuesday, the sheriff's office issued a press release saying that a body found approximately 45 yards from shore was that of Harvey, according to the Fort Dodge Messenger-News.

Vinnie Harvey is survived by his parents, Joe and Kelly; siblings, Frankie (Josie Heesch) of Fort Dodge; Teddie of Des Moines; Eddie of Lexington, Kentucky; Corie (Sean) Inks of Williams; Maggie; Gracie; Josie all of Fort Dodge; maternal grandmother, Lorraine Wignall; nephews, Carson Inks; Thielen Fausnaugh and niece, Emmersyn Inks.


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