C. Perry Harper
February 28, 1953 ‒ August 12, 2016
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