Harold M. Harper, 80, Kahoka, Mo., died unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at his home.
Harold was born Aug. 24, 1938, in Clark County, Mo., the son of Clifford and Louise Kirchner Harper. He was married on March 6, 1960 to Mary Barnes at St. Paul United Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Mary, of the home; four children, Jeffrey (Beth) Harper, Warrensburg, Mo.; and Johnnie (Neva) Harper, Jeannie (Jon) Kirchner and Jason (Nicole) Harper, all of Kahoka; two brothers, Gerald Harper and Delbert (Twila) Harper, all of Kahoka; eight grandchildren, Bradley Martin (Krystal) Harper, Kansas City, Mo.; Mary Beth Harper, Warrensburg; Heather Brooke Harper, Quincy, Ill.; Adam Lee (Shannon) McIntosh, Wentzville, Mo.; Jonie Marie (Christopher) Lopez, Muscatine, Iowa; and Corbyn Harold, Carter Clifford and Callie Mae Harper, all of Kahoka; four great-grandchildren: Payton Harper and Drake, Audrey, and Alexis McIntosh; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Paul Barnes (Alberta Ledford), Tullahoma, Tenn.; John (Marlene) Barnes, Fort Madison, Iowa; and Tom (Connie) Barnes, Kahoka; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws; great-granddaughter, Brystol Ann Harper; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Alberta Harper, Russell Barnes, Jr., Shirley Leedom and Donald Barnes.
Harold graduated from Kahoka High School with the class of 1955. He served in the United States Army and the Army Reserves.
His entire life was spent farming, something that was in his blood and that he loved. He enjoyed being outdoors and taking care of the farm animals and talking to them daily. He had many dogs through the years who were all special to him including his best friend, Chick. The Harpers were a former Missouri State Fair Farm family.
Harold was faithful member of St. Paul United Church of Christ and had served on the church Consistory. His church, family and community were very important to him.
Harold served on the MFA Board and fought hard to get the grain leg and dump pit built at the Kahoka facility in the late 1970s.
He served on the Clark County Fair Board and Federal Land Bank board and was a county committeeman for FSA. He was a two-term member of the Clark County R-1 School Board from 1971-1977 and held the position of president
He was elected to the Lewis County REC Board of Directors in 1995 and to the Northeast Power Cooperative, Palmyra, Board of Directors in 2005. He served on the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives Board of Directors, and was a voting delegate at the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Annual Meeting.
Harold worked tirelessly throughout Missouri to ensure that electric cooperatives could serve safe, reliable and affordable electricity to its members. Harold held the admiration and respect of his fellow directors and cooperative employees.
Although a very busy man, Harold always made sure he was available to help with 4-H projects and to faithfully follow all of his kids’ and grandkids’ sports and other school activities. He had enjoyed racing stock cars and participating in and watching tractor pulls.
Funeral services with military rites will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka with Rev. Dixie Laube officiating. Special music will be “You Raise Me Up” recorded by H L Plenge. Additional special music will be recordings “Remember When”, “When I Get Where I’m Going”, “That’s My Job” and “Walking Chair”. Burial will be in the Kahoka Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Trent Hunziker, Rick Hunziker, Brad Harper, Christopher Lopez, Corbyn Harper, Adam McIntosh and Carter Harper.
Honorary pallbearers will be Buster Geisendorfer, Nedd Daggs, Larry Clark, Travis Mathes, Mike Schantz, Doug Ellis, Jack Reardon and Sandra Ebeling.
Visitation will be held with family receiving friends from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Memorials may be made to the St. Paul United Church of Christ.