Wilbern A. (Bill) Harper
Devoted husband, father, and grandfather
Bill Harper, 89, died Saturday June 22, with his loving family by his side.
Bill was born October 6, 1929 in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky to Owen and Althea Harper. Bill grew up on a farm in Central Illinois near Assumption. He would ultimately end up with 6 brothers, Owen, Glenn, Jim, Don, Larry, and Eddie, a stepsister Sue Reynolds, a stepbrother Larry Shatas, and a half-brother Chuck Harper. Bill and some of his brothers helped run the farm until he met his lifelong sweetheart, Louella May Wood, who resided on a farm south of Pana in Oconee.
Prior to his marriage to Louella on November 30, 1952, Bill was drafted into the US Army on April 2, 1951. He was a frontline medic valiantly serving in the Korean War. Bill was honored with a Bronze Star and Purple Heart during his enlistment which ended upon his honorable discharge, January 2nd, 1953.
After separating from the Army, Bill and Louella married and moved near his father and stepmother, Alice, in Grandview, Missouri.
Bill’s occupation after serving in the military was with Bendix Corporation for the next 30 years. He enjoyed working there and made many friends. While working at Bendix, Bill and Louella purchased a hobby farm in Kingsville, MO, near Holden where they raised several crops and livestock (beef cattle).
Bill is survived by his dear wife, Louella May (Wood) Harper, son Dannie (spouse Debbie) Harper, daughter Debbie (spouse Jeff) Allen, eight grandchildren, Shawn (spouse Angie) Holt, Stephanie (Holt) (spouse Alan) Gates, Nichole (Holt) (spouse Pierre) Croux, Justin (spouse Montana) Holt, Tiffany Allen, Christina (Harper) (spouse Michael) Dutcher, Rochelle (Harper) (spouse Lars) Lambertsen, and Clayton (spouse Shantelle) Harper, twenty-two great grandchildren, and many dear friends and relatives.
Graveside memorial services will be held on Monday, July 1st, at 10:00am at Floral Hills East Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Lee’s Summit, MO with Langsford Funeral Home in coordination.