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THE WESTERN STAR, 12 January 1945
Harold E. Harper Dies Unexpectedly
Internal Hemorrhage Proves Fatal to Coldwater Farmer.

The Coldwater Community was shocked last Saturday when it was learned that Harold Harper, one of the community's best liked farmers, had died in a Dodge City hospital.

Harold was working on a combine Thursday afternoon with a neighbor, Howard Young, when he collapsed, falling to the ground on his face. Mr. Young rushed Harold to a hospital in Coldwater and the next morning he was taken to St. Anthony's hospital in Dodge City, where he passed away at 9 p.m. on Saturday. His death is attributed to the rupture of either ulcers or a growth in his stomach.

Mr. Harper had appeared to be in normal health and his death was wholly unexpected.

Funeral services were held in the Methodist church in this city Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and were in charge of the pastor, Rev. Major W. Parker. Mr. and Mrs. Gurney T. Hadley sang "Will The Circle Be Unbroken?" "When We meet at Jesus' Feet" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," accompanied by Mrs. Wm. Brumbaugh. There were many floral offerings.

Burial was in Crown Hill cemetery. The active pall bearers were Frank Schenk, Arthur Hough, Sam Crouse, Asa Hoofer, Howard Young and Bert Klingensmith. The honorary pall bearers were Jack Cary, Raymond Parcel, Victor Gates, John Pepperd, Jay Pounds and Dale Mark.

Howard Eugene Harper, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Harper, was born in Sullivan County, Missouri, January 29, 1899, and passed away January 6, 1945, at St. Anthony's hospital in Dodge City, Kansas.

He came with his family to prove up a claim in Beaver County, Okla., and later, when he was 12 years of age, the family moved to Norwich, Kansas.

In February 1913 the Harpers moved to Coldwater, Kans., where the rest of his life has been spent. Harold attended the Coldwater public schools, taking an active part in all school affairs. While in town he always attended the Methodist church.

On October 12th, 1929, he was united in marriage with Miss Georgia May Ennis. To this union were born three daughters, Carol Ann, age 13, Julia May, age 11, and Lela Eunice, who passed away at age of eight months and eight days.

There is left to mourn his death, his wife and two daughters, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Harper, one sister, Mrs. Opal Marquand of Medicine Lodge, Kans., one brother, Merrel Harper, and one niece, Melba Marquand, several aunts, uncles and cousins and many neighbors and friends.

Harold was a loving husband, son and father, always thinking of the welfare of others, meeting the obstacles of life and overcoming them with a smile. He was a good neighbor who will be missed in the community. (SB)

Here For Harper Funeral.
Out of town relatives who attended the Harold Harper funeral in this city Tuesday afternoon were, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Jenkins and Marsha and Doris, and Mr. and Mrs. Dave Prater of Pratt, Mrs. O. S. Andrew and Mr. and Mrs. Claude Andrew of Forgan, Okla., George Jenkins of Wichita, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Harper of Ashland and Mrs. Cecilee Hager of Larned.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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