Bobby B. Harper(1934 - 2013)

Bobby B. Harper October 24,1934 - January 29, 2013 Bobby Harper was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on January 29, 2013, at home, surrounded by his family and friends. Bobby was born in Rector, Arkansas on October 24, 1934. He moved to California when he was 15. Bob graduated from Kern Union High School in 1953. He then went on to serve in the United States Army in 1955. In 1960, he started working for National Cash Register. In 1974, he founded Bakersfield Cash Register, which has served the business community of Kern County and California successfully for 39 years. It would be difficult to find someone more dedicated to customer service than Bob. Despite working six days a week his entire career, he described himself simply as the "Social Director." Because of his unparalleled gifts in sales and business, he was honored with many national awards. Bob's business success allowed him to be generous for the causes that he cared about including Cal State Athletics, Southwest Little League and Bakersfield Stars Music Theater. He was involved in numerous community organizations including East Bakersfield Rotary where he held the honor of Paul Harris Fellowship and Kiwanas. He was a member of the Downtown Business Association, Chamber of Commerce, and Independent Cash Register Dealers Association/Retail Solutions Providers Association. He continued to be the chair of his class reunion committee until his passing. He was very proud to be honored with the Beautiful Bakersfield Award for Historic Renovation in 1987 for a property on 18th St. Although his successes were many, his greatest pleasure was his family. He was an avid boater and water skier whose signature move was single skiing while holding the tow rope on his foot. Hundreds of weekends were spent at Lake Success. These memories continue to be treasured by his family and friends. Bob also loved to travel for work and pleasure. Some of his favorite trips included New Orleans and Mexico. Later in life, simply being with family, especially his grandchildren, brought him such joy. He loved "Papa's Rules" which essentially meant no rules. His connection with his grandchildren epitomized how he lived life, fully and deeply. To try to find adequate words to describe Bob is difficult, because he was such a rarity. He was authentic, honest and full of integrity. He was a born leader, whose kindness and consistency made those around him trust him fully. He never complained and rarely had an unkind word about anyone or anything. His work ethic was unmatched. He was generous beyond belief with his family and friends. Bob had an incredible perception of all business matters. His faith was pure and every encounter exuded God's love. He is survived by Toni and Jeff Dougherty, and Harper and Taylor Dougherty; also Dotti Harper, Robin and Jerry Peer, Jeffrey Cook and Robert Nickerson; Barbara and Derrel Zimmerman; Blair and Cheryl Zimmerman; Brent and Dee Dee Zimmerman; Megan, Blair and Lexi Zimmerman; Wanda Oliver, Tom Oliver and Debi Bacon, and Russell McCord; and friends Derrel and Christy Schiable. Thank you to the Bakersfield Cash Register team including Helen Manning, Don Wright, Ed Parks and Thaddeus Fry for their years of devotion to Bob and the company. He has numerous other family members and friends who will forever be changed by his spirit. Bob would want to ensure that his hundreds of customers and business associates were thanked, as he genuinely cherished each one. We are forever grateful to Parvez Memon, MD and Hoffman Hospice for their sacred work with Bob. A special thanks to Aunt Barbara (and Uncle Darrell) for her commitment to her brother's care during the past few years. You have been a blessing beyond belief. The only thing better than having you as a father was having you as my children's grandfather. I promise to have your spirit of integrity, hardwork and dedication to all things live on through them. My heart, although full of sorrow, is overflowing with gratefulness simply to have had the best fortune of being your daughter. In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to the or Hoffman Hospice of Bakersfield. Services will be held Monday, February 4, 2013, at Hillcrest Memorial Park in the Chapel at 10:00 a.m., in Bakersfield California. Officiating will be Pastor Jeff Gowling, The Bridge Bible Church.

Published in Bakersfield Californian from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3, 2013