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Larry Harper

Adel

Larry Richard Harper, 82, died peacefully on May 17 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Larry was born November 20 1933 in Des Moines to Harley and Sadie Harper. He graduated from Adel High School in 1952 at which time he joined the US Army, serving with the Medical Detachment - 44th Division Artillery in Fort Lewis Washington. Upon discharge, Larry began his career as a telephone lineman with Northwestern Bell, retiring in 1984. After retiring, he began his own telephone business, Larry's Telephone Service, and was fondly referred to as "Pa Bell of Adel".

In 1956 Larry married the love of his life and his best friend, Carolyn Marie Laidlaw. To this they were blessed with four loving children. Larry was very proud of all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and especially looked forward to his Wednesday night family dinners.

Larry was a huge Hawkeye fan and enjoyed the Chicago and Iowa Cubs. His favorite fall pastime was having football parties in his home. Larry enjoyed morning coffee and The Price is Right with his buddies and 3pm Happy Hour at the Corner Tap. He also loved his crossword puzzles, Wheel of Fortune with his Grandkids and spending lots of time with his family.

Larry was a member of Communication Workers of America, Telephone Pioneers and a member and past Commander of American Legion Post 464.

Larry was proceeded in death by his wife, Carolyn and sisters, Bethyl Whitecotton and Harlene Lepovitz and Sister-in-law Sue Laidlaw. He is survived by his children: Kent (Margo), Craig (Amy), Kayla (Mark) Hawkins and Kelly (Deb); 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; brother-in-law Bill Laidlaw and many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and many good friends. Memorial contributions may be directed to the ADM Alumni Association. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00am at the Adel First Christian Church on Monday May 23 2016 with visitation one hour prior at the Church.
Published in Des Moines Register from May 20 to May 22, 2016
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