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Harper, Bobby G.

Bobby G. Harper, age 80, beloved husband, dedicated father, loving grandfather, great friend to many, and veteran of the United States Marine Corps passed away peacefully at home on Monday, January 11, 2016. Bobby was truly larger than life; though not large in stature he cast a very big shadow. He was known for his love and zest for life, his contagious smile, quick wit and ability to meet strangers who would quickly become friends. He possessed a quiet kindness that led him to often help others in less fortunate circumstances, which his family is only now fully appreciating from the outpouring of remembrances and notes that are being shared in response to his passing. He enjoyed life to the fullest, never backing down from trying something new. Just a week before he fell ill, he gave roller skating a try for the first time since he was a teenager! He was quite the prankster and loved posting jokes on Facebook. An Albuquerque resident since 1961, he was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Kentucky and he never lost his love for his home state, jokingly referring to himself as "a Kentucky Hillbilly".

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Eleanor Harper; daughter, Lisa Johnsen and son-in-law, John-Olav Johnsen; daughter-in-law, Jerilyn Tarlton-Simon; granddaughter, Krystal Tarlton; two grandsons, Jason and Joshua Tarlton; two great-grandsons, Hunter and Holden Donohoo; and two great- granddaughters, Baylee Miller and Skylar Morris. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Phyllis Harper. He leaves behind many cherished nephews, nieces, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Ruth Harper-Weaver; brother, Billy Wayne Harper; and son, Gary Tarlton.

A Celebration of Life will be on Friday, January 22 at 2pm at the Cremation Society of NM, 1935 Juan Tabo NE. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the .
Published in Albuquerque Journal from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2016
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