Col. Edwin "Ed" Harper

Harper, Col. Edwin Ed of Lake St. Louis, Missouri, died on Friday, February 14, 2014 at the age of 93. Loving husband of Jane F. Harper (nee: Mattern); dear son of the late Frank and Vera Harper; devoted father of Deborah Debbie (Al) Espin and step-father of Karen (Al Gonzalez) Weidemann and Katherine Mansfield; cherished grandfather of Beth Lomas, Christopher Hoel, Gretchen Peck, Nathan Hoel, Kristen Morgan, Eric Weidemann, and Bobby Ruppert; treasured great-grandfather of 7; and father-in-law of Craig (Debbie) Hoel. He is preceded in death by his daughter Diane Merry Hoel, first wife Adolyn Louise Harper, son Christopher Lee Harper, and stepson Jim Mooney. Col. Harper was a highly decorated officer and recipient of two Purple Hearts who bravely and proudly served in the USMC during WWII and continued his service for 28 years. He was also the last surviving member of the Black Sheep Squadron, VMA 214, and was a member of the Golden Eagles, which is reserved for Naval Aviators. After retiring from the Marine Corps, he joined Boeing as the VP and General Manager of the Harrier Program. He was deeply loved and will be missed by all who knew him. Services: The family is being served by The BAUE Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay Street, St. Charles, MO where a visitation will be held Friday, February 21, 2014 from 2:00-5:00 PM with a Funeral Service to follow at 5:00 PM. His inurnment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America or the Salvation Army. Visit

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Feb. 18, 2014