Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen, of the home; one son, Gary William Harper and wife Margie, Kansas City, Kansas; two daughters, Linda Ann Harryman and husband John and Katherine Irene Johnson and husband, Billie Joe, all of Fort Scott; nine grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and several step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews including nephew Joe Harper, Fort Scott and niece, Peggy Finley, Joplin, Mo. Bob Galvin is his only living cousin. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Charles Melvin Harper; grandson, Benjamin Underwood; three brothers, Vern, Charlie and Bill Harper; and two sisters, Helen Duncan and Louise Fitzgerald.
Pastor Rick Hite assisted by Rev. Ron Brown and Rev. Kevin Moyers will conduct funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 20th, in the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Centerville Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Post No. 1165 V.F.W. Masonic services will be provided at the cemetery by the Fulton Masonic Lodge. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Fort Scott High School FFA, the Shrine Transportation Fund, or the Northeast Scott 4-H and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. Words of comfort may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.