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Owen Henry Harper Jr.

Owen Henry Harper Jr., 92 of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 10:05 p.m. at his home in Taylorville, IL surrounded by his loving family. He was born on November 14, 1927 in Dayton, KY the son of Owen Henry and Althea Elna (Foster) Harper Sr. He married JoAnn Orr on December 4, 1948 in The Taylorville Free Methodist Church Parsonage in Taylorville, IL. He worked as a module operator at Firestone. He was a life member of the VFW Post #4495, American Legion Post #73 and Moose Lodge #1516 in Taylorville and Taylorville Christian Church. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy during WWII and he also served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his Wife: JoAnn Harper of Taylorville, IL; Daughters: Kathleen (Ray) Richards of Taylorville, IL; Marilyn (Christopher) Sturek of Bailey, CO; Grandchildren: Melony (Wharton) Dorton of Taylorville, Mirka Sturek of Durango, CO, Braden Sturek of Boulder, CO; Great-Grandchildren: Mia Dorton and Tyler Dorton; Brother: John “Butch” Harper of Assumption, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers: Wilbern, Glenn, James, Donald and Eddie Harper.  

Due to COVID-19 There will be a graveside service on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with Pastor James Jones officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Taylorville Christian Church Expand Initiative 1124 N. Webster St. Taylorville, IL 62568. 

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Dear JoAnn and family,
Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Owen. He was a good man, a true gentlemanand will be missed by many, I will keep you in my prayers.

Carolyn Minix May 16 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Kathy and Ray
So sorry to hear that your Dad passed. He sure lived a beautiful life. When ever he passed our house we got a toot or wave. No matter the age. Loosing a loved one HURTS.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and family. God Bless.

Fred and Donna Campogni May 6 2020 12:00 AM

JoAnn, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Owen will be missed.

Karen Willer May 6 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to know this - my parents and the Harpers often enjoyed extended meals and conversation together. My love to you, Marilyn!

Nicholas Showalter May 5 2020 12:00 AM

Kathy so sorry to hear of your father's passing he was a wonderful man what little I knew him he always treated me with upmost respect god bless you and your family always, curtis myers

Curtis Myers May 5 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear this. Owen was such a nice man. Thinking of you JoAnn and your family.

Sheryl Podeschi May 5 2020 12:00 AM

So Sorry for Your Loss. Prayers for Family

Bruce Paula Chance May 5 2020 12:00 AM

Oh Joann my deepest sympathy for the loss of Owen. He was always giving me a hard time at Taylorville Vision Center Dr Moore's office on the square. He will be.truly missed.

Denise Fox May 4 2020 12:00 AM