Dean Anthony Harpster (1932 - 2015)

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Dean Anthony Harpster, 82, of St. Peter, passed away at 10:20 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
Private graveside services with military rites will be held on Friday at Old Loogootee Cemetery, with Elder Willie Huffine officiating. Pagel Funeral Home in St. Peter was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at
Mr. Harpster was born on July 28, 1932, in St. Peter, the son of Ora and Fern Pryor Harpster. He married Patsy S. Gillett on June 1, 1962, in Fairview Heights.
Dean was a lifelong resident of St. Peter, and served in the Navy for five years during the Korean War. In his lifetime, he was a carpenter, welder and farmer. He was a member of Mt. Nebo Primitive Baptist Church in Greenville.
He enjoyed spending his time gardening, splitting wood, listening to country music and watching old Western films. He also loved horses and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patsy; sons, Marshall Harpster and his wife Renea of St. Peter, and Wayne Harpster and his wife Shelley of St. Peter; daughter, Patty and her husband Doug Edwards of Xenia; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Donna L. Pegram; and a brother-in-law, Bud Pegram.
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Pagel Funeral Home
110 W. Third St.
St. Peter, IL 62880
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Published in The Leader-Union from June 15 to June 24, 2015
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