Herbert Clyde Harper, who was born on Feb. 23,1929, and recently celebrated his 90th birthday, died on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in a healthcare facility following a brief illness.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Harper and Annie Shamblin Harper; and stepmother, Easter Goforth Harper.
His loving wife of 60 years, Joan Norvill Harper, also preceded him in death. One of 22 children in the family, he was preceded in death by siblings: Ruth Stillwell, Russell Harper, Dorothy Mosely, Max Harper, Eugene Harper, Stella Conner, Evelyn Sample, Blanche Bates, Frances Kincaid, Charles Harper, G.C. Harper, Betty Purdy, Shirley Letsinger, and Nell Buchanan.
He is survived by his daughter, Suzanne Curtis and husband, Edwin; sons: Ian Harper and wife, Lisa, and Keith Harper and girlfriend, Hannah Ginese; adoring grandchildren: Will and Emma Curtis, and Kate and Allie Harper; siblings: Boyd Harper, Helen Cole, Bonnie Wear, Dan Harper, Pat Harper, Tim Harper, and Kat Miller; as well as many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Herb attended Greasy Creek Elementary School in Reliance, and Loudon High School in Loudon. Following school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served for 22 years until his retirement in 1970. He served in Korea and in Thailand, during the Vietnam War. He subsequently served as the historian for the 98th Bomb Group for many years, and found great joy in attending the group’s annual reunions in various locales around the country. After his retirement from the USAF, he worked at Duracell Battery in Cleveland.
A visitation reception will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 2 until 4 p.m. in the Parish Hall of Saint Luke’s Memorial Episcopal Church in Cleveland.
A Celebration of the Life of Herb Harper will take place at 4 p.m., with interment, including full military honors, to follow in the Saint Luke’s Memorial Garden. The Rev. Dr. Joel W. Huffstetler and The Rev. Arthur Bass will officiate.
Companion Funeral & Cremation Service is taking care of the arrangements.
The family thanks the nursing staff of Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Cleveland for their compassionate and loving care of Herb during his time there. Special heartfelt appreciation is offered to the manager and wait staff of City Cafe in Cleveland for making our family's Saturday breakfasts so enjoyable.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Saint Luke’s Memorial Episcopal Church in Cleveland, or the 98th Bomb Group Scholarship Fund, c/o Lura Hayes 15275 Payne Road, Marysville, OH 43040.
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