Harvey, son of John and Julia Lofthus Westby, was born on September 25, 1919 in Oslo, Minnesota. He grew up in Oslo and worked on farms after he completed grade school. In May, 1941 he moved to Oregon, where he was a log truck driver for Ted Duncan and Murphy Timber, before going to work for himself. He married Adelia Lundmark on July 25, 1942 in Vancouver, WA. They lived in Willamina, Oregon until 1945, when they moved to Estacada. In 1947 they moved to Minnesota where Harvey worked in a car dealership. They moved back to Oregon in 1950, settling in Sheridan to workin the logging industry. Harvey and his family lived in Happy Camp, California from 1959 to 1964 where he also drove log trucks.
In 1964, they moved to Willamina, sold his log truck, then moved again to McMinnville. Harvey and his brother-in-law, Rudy Lundmark, started Diane's Foods in 1965. The business made lefse for two years then switched to making tortillas and expanded to other Mexican food. In 1972, Harvey received the Small Businessman of the Year award for the state of Oregon. He sold Diane's Foods to Mission Foods Corp. in 1983.
Harvey enjoyed working and spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. He is survived by his daughter Diane Everest of Moscow, Idaho; his sisters Hilda Rust, Bernice McBride, Clarie Arneson, Donna Blessum, and Elva Gettman; 7 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Adelia in 2003; his son, Bob Westby in 1999; three brothers and two sisters.
Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.