Jack G. Harper
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BALTIMORE: Jack G. Harper began his life in Ryan, West Virginia June 4, 1933.
Ever remembering that we are traveling on that level of time to that undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns, Jack left this life on January 22, 2013; at 79 years of age.
Preceded in death by parents, Oral Harper and Violet Hunt Harper; wife, Reva Moffatt Harper; son, Terry Harper; siblings, Emma Dean Harper Bowles (Ray), Bob Harper (Connie), twin Joanne Harper Goff (Harley), and Bill Harper (Judy).
Survived by wife of eleven years, Minnie Blevins Harper; children, James Richard Harper (Melany) and Tina Kraus (Jerry); step children, Patrick Blevins (Darlene) and Russell Blevins (Lori); grandchildren, James R. Harper II (Jennifer), Melissa Marotta (Dean), Jaclene Kraus, Brian Matthew Harper and Charles Peter Kraus (Ashleigh); step grandchildren, Patrick Blevins and Macie Blevins; great granddaugher, Kinley Marotta; siblings, Betty Harper Mason, Ted Harper (Saundra Young Harper, Nell Brisintine Harper (deceased)) and Kathy Harper Springston (Raymond); and numerous extended family members and friends.
Jack was a member of Reynoldsburg Free Will Baptist Church. He worked as a machinist with North American Aviation for 37 years. He was a fifty year member of the Masonic Lodge: member of Reynoldsburg Lodge 340 and Southgate Potter Lodge 782; Past Master 1980 and 1992. He was honorably discharged from US Marine Corps, US Army, and US Air Force. Jack started high school at Walton High School in 1947; 1947-1948 he attended Ripley High School; 1949 - 1950, he attended Gilmore High School, Sandyville, West Virginia; he graduated from Walton High School in 1951. Jack had many hobbies, including life long gun collector, restoring kubota tractors, making walking sticks and canes from unusual pieces of wood he found in the wild, building bluebird houses and attracting and feeding a wide variety of birds. He spent a lot of time perfecting his golf game and was in many leagues and received numerous trophies and awards, including golfing his age of 79 from the forward tees at Crystal Springs Golf Club in June 2013. He was an avid deer, turkey and grouse hunter and received several Big Buck awards. Jack spent a lot of quality time sharing and teaching first his children and then his grandchildren many things including his love for golfing, fishing, wild mushroom hunting and how to drive a stick shift car.
Friends may visit Thursday, January 24 5-8 pm at DWAYNE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME, 650 West Waterloo Street, Canal Winchester, Ohio. Funeral to be held Friday, January 25 at 11 am, with brother-in-law Pastor Tim Porter officiating. Burial at Franklin Hills Memory Gardens, Canal Winchester.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Reynoldsburg Free Will Baptist Church, 9508 Taylor Road SW, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068.
Online condolences at www.spencefuneralhome.com
Published in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on Jan. 24, 2013