NEW ULM, Minn. -- Ron Harper, 76, of New Ulm died Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, surrounded by his family.
Ron is survived by his loving wife of almost 52 years, Sylvia; daughter, Jennifer (Paul) Kelm, grandchildren, Benjamin, Joshua, and Lydia Kelm; son, Jason (Rachel) Harper, grandchildren, Abigail, Caleb, Joseph, and David Harper; sister, Judith Miller; nieces and a nephew; and many other relatives and friends. Ron was preceded in death by his parents.
Ronald Hughes Harper was born July 4, 1944, in Mankato, Minn., to Claude and Elvira (Gross) Harper. He attended Immanuel Lutheran Grade School in Mankato and graduated from Mankato West High School. After graduating, he joined the Army and served his country for three years. On March 22, 1969, Ron was united in marriage to Sylvia Wolfe at First Ev. Lutheran Church, in La Crosse. They were blessed with two wonderful children, that they raised in Mankato. Ron attended Mankato State University after his time in the Army and later began his career as a self-employed Certified Retinal Angiographer. He was very involved in his field and was a Fellow of the Ophthalmic Photographers' Society. Ron was a devout believer in Christ and supported Christian education. He devoted his free time to spreading the Gospel and was a board member of Thoughts of Faith mission organization. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, and grilling. Yet Ron was happiest when he was spending time with his family. Ron will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him.
Due to current restrictions, a private family funeral will be held.
To leave an online condolence for his family, please go to: mvfh.org. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Croix Lutheran Academy in West Saint Paul, Minn.; Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, Wis.; or Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School in New Ulm, Minn.