Edward Harper was born in Bloomfield on April 25, 1921, the son of Fred and Verdie Harper. He died at his home in Hesperus, Colo., on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006, at the age of 85.
On Sept. 16, 1940, Edward married Theola Geraldine Cardwell in Bloomfield. He joined the United States Navy and served in the South Pacific on the U.S.S. Thuban during World War II. He was in the dry cleaning business for over 30 years.
Edward devoted years of his life in service for the Lord, and he was a deacon and charter member of the Hesperus Baptist Church. He was camp manager for the Hesperus Baptist Church for 15 years. Church and family were the most important things in Ed's life.
Edward is survived by his wife of 65 years, Geraldine; two sons, Nolan Eugene Harper of Mancos, Colo., and James Edward Harper of Hesperus, Colo.; one brother, Charles Harper of Springfield; and two sisters, Louise Banks of Bloomfield and Betty Banken of Dexter; four grandchildren; two step-grandsons; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Verdie Harper; his brothers, Herschel, Roy and Ray; and baby son, Harold Lee.
Services will be held at the Hesperus Baptist Church on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, at 2 p.m. under the direction of Hood Mortuary in Durango, Colo. Pastor Fred Dallas of Houston, Texas, will officiate, assisted by Pastor Charlie McGee, with interment immediately following at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Mancos, Colo.
Memorials may be made to Hesperus Baptist Church, P.O. Drawer 10, Hesperus, Colo. 81326.