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Richard L. Harper

September 7, 1924 September 24, 2015
Richard L. Harper
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Richard L. Harper, 91, of Clearfield, passed away Thursday September 24, 2015 at Penn Highlands Clearfield Hospital after a lengthy illness.
 
Born September 7, 1924 in Clearfield, he was the son of Lewis and Ruth (Bloom) Harper.  Mr. Harper retired from the Clearfield Cheese Co. in Curwensville, and had also worked with his father in the Harper Mines located in Hepburnia. 
 
He was a 1942 graduate of Clearfield Area High School and following his graduation, enlisted in the Paratroopers 101st Airborne of the 501st Parachute Infantry.  He participated in the D-Day Invasion, was wounded in Holland, and received a Purple Heart along with 2 Bronze Stars. 
 
He was a member of the American Legion Post #6 and the Trinity United Methodist Church in Clearfield.  Richard loved his garden and always had a large harvest which he would can and preserve.  He also loved hunting and fishing and was an avid sports fan.
 
On August 4, 1947 in the Trinity United Methodist Church of Clearfield, he wed the former Beatrice Grice who survives along with 4 sons and a daughter:  James Harper and wife Ann, Walter Harper and wife Gail, Thomas Harper and Mary Ann Condon and husband Talon all of Clearfield and Lewis Harper and wife Pat of Corning, NY.
 
Also surviving are 5 grandchildren Aimee McGarry and husband Cameron of Curwensville, Becky Michael and husband Aaron of LaJose, Brent Harper of New York City, Andrew Harper and Kristin Meckes and husband Ryan both of Corning, NY, as well as 4 great grandchildren Remmington and Abbey McGarry and Gunnar and Connor Michael.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters Betty Pillot and Monabelle Frontino and 2 grandchildren Matt Harper and Elyse Condon. 
 
At the request of Mr. Harper there will be no public visitation or services.
 
The family suggests contributions be made to either The Nathaniel Yingling Cancer Center 815 Doctors Drive Clearfield, PA 16830 or the Trinity United Methodist Church 121 S Second Street Clearfield, PA 16830.
 
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.chidboyfuneralhome.com. 
 
The Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home, Inc. of Clearfield is in charge of the arrangements.

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