C. Willard Harvey, 86, a retired district sales manager for the Nationwide Life Insurance Co. who also was active in civic, service and political organizations, died of cardiac arrest June 12 at the Friends Nursing Home in Sandy Spring. He had Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Harvey, a lifelong resident of Brookeville, began his career in the insurance business in 1929 as a part-time sales agent with the Farm Bureau Insurance Co., which became Nationwide Life in 1934. He retired in 1964 as district sales manager for the district that includes Silver Spring and Kensington.

He was a former president of the Brookeville Town Council and the board of directors of Montgomery General Hospital and a delegate to the Montgomery County Civic Federation. He belonged to the Republican Central Committee in Montgomery County and was a 70-year member of Salem United Methodist Church in Brookeville.

Mr. Harvey also was a charter member of the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department and the Sandy Spring Lions Club and belonged to the Olney Citizens Association and the Olney Chamber of Commerce. For several years during the late 1950s he owned and operated the Olney Electric Co., an electrical appliance store.

His wife, Woodie Harvey, died in 1981, and a daughter, Virginia H. Lampe, died in 1984. There are no immediate survivors.