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Richard Leslie Harper, age 75, of Lamar, MO died Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at Barton County Memorial Hospital after an apparent heart attack.

 

 

Richard was born June 23, 1935 at Grove County, Kansas to Leslie Andrew and Nora Alice (Russell) Harper.  He graduated Lamar High School in 1953 and on November 17, 1957 he married Darlene Hanzlick in Girard, Kansas.  Together they raised four daughters.  He was a retired Cattle and Crop Farmer and loved to hunt and fish. 

 

 

Richard leaves behind his wife Darlene of 53 years; four daughters, Jackie & Joe Beckett of Carthage, Terri & Terry Lawrence of Lamar, Judy & Roger Renken, of Carthage, MO, and Lori & David Gruginski, of Charlotte, NC; three sisters, Margaret & Bob McDonald, of Lamar, Marilyn & Gail Howard, of Springhill, KS, Dorothy Findley, of Lamar; eight grandchildren, Jeremy Johnson, Larry & Jenae Johnson, Brent Johnson, Heath Lawrence, Danielle & Jared Jackson, Courtney Renken, Nicole Renken, and Brooke Renken; two great grandchildren, Chase Johnson and McKinzie Johnson.

 

 

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Erma Smith, one brother-in-law Allen Findley, and one grandson Blake Lawrence.

 

 

Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Friday, January 14, 2011 at Sheldon Cemetery, Sheldon, MO.  Roger Renken will officiate.

 

 

This obituary may be read and condolences left at www.danielfuneralhome.net

Comments  

#8 Las Vegas, New MexicoBruce Wertz 2011-07-06 14:54
A candle will always be lit in your memory
#7 LAMARJANET MCARTHUR 2011-01-17 15:03
DEAR FRIENDS,

YOU HAVE SUCH A SPECIAL FAMILY, YOUR THOUGHTS ARE IN MY HEART AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU AS ANGELS WATCH OVER YOU ALL AS YOUR DAD ALSO WATCHES. FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE THERE TO GET YOU THRU. BLESS YOU ALL.
#6 Carl Junction, MOJill Cole Adams 2011-01-16 21:16
I was a friend of Lori's in school at Lamar. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one, Richard.
#5 LamarDenzi l McCaslin Divine 2011-01-15 12:46
Darlene & Family
I haven't seen Richard for quite awhile was totally shocked when I heard that he had passed away, I grew up out in the same neighborhood and our families all were well acquainted, May God be with you and the family at this time.
#4 LamarCandi Carroll 2011-01-15 10:22
Darlene and the Harper Girls, My parents and I and the Class of 1976 send you our sympathy and thoughts at this time .May your memories bring you peace today and in the future.I just had a nice visit with the Harper Girls at the Dairy Queen on January 6th and we talked about our years growing up and favorite fall activities in Lamar like Apple Days. I would get fall decorations from Darlene and Richard and will remember them for that. God bless you all. Candi Carroll
#3 LamarJackie Speights 2011-01-14 09:30
Dear friends,
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that you can find peace in the loving memories you have of your beloved husband, father and grandfather. In the days ahead, please lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.
God bless you,
Jackie Speights
#2 Sheldon, MOSue Costley 2011-01-13 14:18
Darlene and daughters: My deepest sympathy is extended to you. It was always a pleasure to visit with Richard when I saw him. He was very speical to so many. Hold on to those wonderful memories he has left.
#1 Nevada, Mo.Cindy Ogburn Schulte 2011-01-13 12:27
To Darlene and all of Richard's family, Just wanted to send my sincerest sympathy to you all during your time of loss. I was shocked when I heard the news. Richard was such a nice man, and I always enjoyed visiting with him. I will never forget his yearly delivery of fresh morel mushrooms to the office! I know you all will miss him so much, but I'm sure you have warm and wonderful memmories to hold on to. May you all be Blessed with peace that passes all understanding. Sincerely, Cindy

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