C. Perry Harper

February 28, 1953 ‒ August 12, 2016

Ostrander, Ohio

Perry Harper, 63, of Ostrander, passed away Friday, August 12 at his home, after many months of struggle with kidney failure.

He was born February 28, 1953 in Columbus to Neal and Ivine  (Teal) Harper. He was raised in Columbus and moved to the family farm on State Route 257 in 1962. He married Debra Geiger in 1982. They lived on the family farm land the rest of his life.

Harper graduated from Buckeye Valley High School in 1971, and Urbana College in 1974 with a degree in business. He received his Ohio teaching certificate in 1990.

Harper worked at the Johnson Corp. in Columbus; Liebert in Delaware; Scioto Village School for Girls; and Delaware County Department of Jobs and Family Services. He was also a licensed auctioneer.

Perry Harper was a “gentleman farmer” most of his life. He was generous and caring with people, and always honest and determined to do the right thing. His steady, conscientious nature and his commitment to hard work and honesty, he always said came from his role models: his parents and his Uncle Donald Waddell. Many friends called him “The Gentle Giant,” and he made friends easily. Harper recognized other peoples’ talents and helped them use those talents. He did many charitable auctions over the years.

He was a member of Valleyview Evangelical Friends Church where he was in church leadership until his health failed. He was a man of prayer and loved the Lord, with his quiet, meaningful faith.

He is survived by his wife Debbie; and uncle, Leonard Harper of Columbus; a cousin, Marjorie Rice of Lucasville; and life-long friend Gail Niemeier of Latham, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Friends may call Monday 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware, 101 Valleyside Dr. (formerly 1510 W. William St.), Delaware where a funeral service will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Tuesday with Rev. Joshua Walker and Rev. Wallace White officiating. Burial will follow at Bokes Creek Cemetery near Ostrander.

The family would like to thank Ohio Health Hospice for their loving care. Memorial contributions may be sent to Ohio Health Hospice, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, OH 43214.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com


  • So sorry to hear of Perry’s passing. I’ve known Perry since we were about 10 or so.
    We were unique in that our we were born a day apart.
    We would run into each other every so often and even though it had been months/years, we picked up like it was yesterday.
    Perry was a good man and a good friend. We will surely miss him.
    Our love to Debbie and the rest of his family.

  • Perry was another “big brother” to me. I remember mom making spaghetti and Perry being right there to help eat it. I am very sorry to hear of his passing, my condolences to his wife and extended family.

  • I was deeply saddened when I read Perry’s obituary. I knew him during the time that he returned to Urbana College to fulfill the requirements for his teaching certificate. He was in several of my classes and I supervised his Student Teaching. On the college campus and in the elementary classroom, Perry was an outstanding individual. He had a huge heart and he truly cared about every person he met. He had many talents and he excelled at every task he took on. I have not seen Perry for a number of years but my memories of him remain bright and clear. I send my deepest condolences to his wife, uncle, cousin, and friend. He was an exceptional person who meant a lot to so many. He will be missed by so many.

  • Perry was a classmate at Buckeye Valley, and I’ll always be grateful he allowed me to camp at Perry’s Den in Southern Ohio. He was an honest and trustworthy man and I will miss him.