Harper Lee Camp, 98, of Midland, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 at the Toni and Trish House. He was born Oct., 24, 1915 in Midland, son of the late G. Lee and Hazel (Harper) Camp.
Harper was a lifelong resident of Midland. He attended grade school at the Post Street School and summer school at the Culver Academy. While in junior high, Harper became a member of the band, beginning his love of music. He earned two letters in basketball and three in football, graduating from Midland High School in 1933.
Harper entered Michigan State University
, joined the Michigan State Marching Band (which was a military marching band at that time), and graduated in 1939 with his bachelors in chemical engineering.
Harper's love of music lead him to organize his own bands, and play in various other bands, where he played the flute, piccolo, saxophone, and clarinet. Throughout his working career, Harper continued his love of playing first sax in his band and in the Bob Spencer band which was broadcast on radio and made into 78 records. He also played in the band and orchestra for several Midland Music Society productions.
On June 23, 1939 he married his high school sweetheart, Ann Agatha Hardy at the First Presbyterian Church in Midland. She preceded him in death April 4, 1978. He later married H. Elaine (Engel) Kortge on Dec. 16, 1978 at the Memorial Presbyterian Church. She preceded him in death July 2, 2013.
Harper was a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church, an avid supporter of Michigan State University, the MSU Marching Band, and was a founding member of the John A. Hannah Society at Michigan State University. He enjoyed reading, specifically books on civil war history.
Harper was very close to his brothers, and loved his family. He will be missed by his children, Herbert L. Camp M.D. of Midland, and Mary Lee (John) Campbell of Charlevoix; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Cristi) Camp of Troy, Susan (Sean) Camp-Smith of Lexington, S. C., Patricia Camp of Ann Arbor, Dr. Katherine H. Campbell (Matthew) Maleska of New Haven, Conn., Elizabeth H. Campbell (Nabil) Mohamad of Washington D.C., Caroline H. Campbell (Jonas) Jeswald of Philadelphia, Penn., Ann Harper Campbell of Brooklyn, N.Y., Johnathan (Erin) Campbell of Traverse City, and Jean D'Arc (Falvya Ponga) Campbell of Portland, Ore.; twelve great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Norma Camp of Midland. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Lester E. Camp and Robert D. Camp; and by a daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Anne Camp.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Harper Lee Camp will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at the Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1310 Ashman Street. The Rev. Wallace H. Mayton III will officiate, with graveside inurnment rites to follow in Midland Cemetery.
Family will receive friends at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Directors, 1200 West Wheeler Street.
A scholarship has been established at Michigan State University for a deserving student from Midland who is a member of the MSU marching band. Gifts may be made payable to: Michigan State University, and mailed to: Michigan State University Gifts, Harper L. Camp, AE060816, 535 Chestnut Road, Room 300, East Lansing MI 48824.
Condolences to the family may be made online at www.waresmithwoolever.com