Music, art, writing and classic cars dominated the memories that the friends of Harvey Imbeau had on their minds Friday at the One14 Coffee Bar in Neosho.

Music, art, writing and classic cars dominated the memories that the friends of Harvey Imbeau had on their minds Friday at the One14 Coffee Bar in Neosho.
Lead by Helen Weems, who flew in from Baltimore, Maryland., and honored by the presence of Imbeau relatives from Michigan, it was a jovial affair.
Rod Paden, a fellow teacher and church member with Imbeau, spoke about their relationship. Paden taught science across the hall from Imbeau's music class at Neosho High School. "In those days teachers had to stand in the hall between classes, so Harvey and I stood in the hall together a lot," Paden said. "We solved all the world problems."
Paden also told a story of going to St. Louis with Imbeau and four other teachers for the state teacher's meeting. They had made no hotel reservations and found no rooms. So they went to the airport and spent the night in uncomfortable chairs. The next morning they found some rooms in a hotel and got some food there. As they ate, someone recognized a large group of people in the restaurant. It was Lawrence Welk and his orchestra.
"Everyone jumped up to get their autographs, but Harvey said 'No.' He said this was their private time, and he didn't think we should interrupt," Paden said. "So we all sat down and didn't get any autographs."
Betty Wright told about a party at her house and a celebrity contest by the guests. She said that Imbeau won "hands down"as Willie Nelson.
Russell Walker told that he and Imbeau once taught a Sunday School class together.
"I'm not sure the kids learned much, but Harvey and I had a great time. Harvey used to say that things in the life usually work out for the good. I didn't understand that at the time, but now I know what Harvey meant."
Imbeau's cousins told stories of his youth and were very pleased to hear Neosho people talk about their cousin. "You people have filled in many gaps for us," said Alice Ralph, a cousin from Michigan.
Linda Childress, who helped Imbeau write his Civil War book said, "I enjoyed working with Harvey. I thought of him the other day when I heard Willy Nelson on the radio. It's been a year, and I still miss him."
As does everyone at the memorial service on Friday.