Tony Ray Harp, 71, McCracken, died Monday, July 9, 2018 at his home.
He was born Jan. 12, 1947, in Closplint, Ky, to Claude Harp and Bernice (Bennett) Rollins.
He was a 1965 graduate of McCracken High School and a 1989 graduate of Fort Hays State University in 1989 with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965 to 1969. He attended basic training at the San Diego MC Recruiting Depot. While in the marines, he was a Sergeant as a Radar Fire Control Technician. He was stationed at Huntsville, Ala., and DaNang, Vietnam, and later Albany, Ga., and back to DaNang, Vietnam for a second tour. While on leave he was able to visit Bangkok, Thailand twice and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His awards with the Marines were Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and Civil Action with Palm Unit Citation, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Bronze Service Star, 1st Marine Air Wing and Expert Rifle Badge.
After returning home from Vietnam, he married Shirley Kinderknecht on June 6, 1970. He later married Paulette Nicholson on July 30, 1991. He was a farmer and rancher in rural McCracken and raised many animals. He later began his teaching career in Ellis, Globe Ariz., Haxtun, Colo., Pinedale Wyo., and many years at La Crosse High School.
He enjoyed planting a large garden in the summer, playing poker, pool and snooker.
Survivors include Shirley Harp, Hays, Paulette Harp, Ellis; four sons, Bill Harp and wife, Kelly, Great Falls, Mont, Michael Harp and wife, Jennifer, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Daniel Zeller, McCracken, and Will Zeller and wife, Jana, La Crosse; a daughter, Lynnette Doornbos and husband, Don, McCracken; two brothers Donnie Harp and wife, Jeannie, Council Grove, and Ricky ‘Mac’ Harp, Ness City; two sisters, Pam Bankhead, Ocala, Fla., and Mary Hattan, Ness City; 12 grandchildren, Katelyn, Taylor, John, Adam Brecht and wife, Maggie Brecht, Keldon, McKaylee, and Kelby, Dylan and Madelyn and Brody, Jacob and Abby; and two great-grandsons, Jackson and Cooper.
He was preceded in death by his father; his mother; two brothers Ronnie Harp and Billy Harp; and a niece, Rosemarie “Marie” Buller.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in McCracken City Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Sons of the American Legion West-Burch, KS Post 59, McCracken.
A complete obituary can be found and condolences can be left for the family at www.charterfunerals.com. Janousek Funeral Home, La Crosse, is in charge of arrangements.