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Glenn O. Harper

Published on -1/23/2013, 10:27 AM

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Glenn O. Harper, Hill City, Kansas, passed away on January 18, 2013, at Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kansas, after a brief illness, one day shy of his 90th birthday. He was born at home in Atwood, Kansas, on January 19, 1923, to Pauline (Weber) and Garfield Lucien Harper, the last of 8 children. He attended schools in Atwood and left home at the age of 19 to serve in World War II in the European theater. He was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant from the U.S. Army Air Force. He married Velma Louise Rickard in 1947, and they raised four children, all of whom survive: Vicky Harper (Rod) Robertson of Hurst, TX; Marily Harper Rhudy of Bethesda, MD; Glenn Rickard "Rick" Harper of Wichita, KS; and Randy (Judy) Harper of Hill City, KS.

Mr. Harper was a well-loved and respected businessman, having served as general manager and eventually owner of several businesses. He managed stores in in Stockton, Atwood, Colby, St. Francis, Neodesha and Hill City. He and his wife, Velma, moved their family to Hill City in 1957 and through the years owned the Ben Franklin, Harper's Fabric Store and finally the Coast to Coast Hardware Store. He served on the Hill City City Council for more than a decade and was mayor of Hill City for four years in the mid- and late '60s and then again from 1984 to 1990.

Mr. Harper was an avid sportsman, enjoying fishing in the local reservoirs and hunting pheasant, dove and deer. He was a member of United Methodist Church of Hill City for more than 50 years, having served in many volunteer capacities including chairman of the board of trustees.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, his parents and his beloved wife, Velma, who passed away in March 2005. He leaves to mourn his four children and their spouses, 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and a large community of friends.

A celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m. at United Methodist Church of Hill City on Saturday morning, January 26, 2013. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, January 25th from 6 to 8 p.m. Steinmetz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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