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Vernon Samuel Harper

Vernon Samuel Harper
09 May 1916 - 26 Mar 2015
©Billings Funeral Home
Reprinted with permission
Submitted by: Ann Weber

Vernon Samuel Harper Vernon Harper, 98 year old longtime Mooreland resident, died Thursday, March 26, 2015 in the Mooreland Heritage Manor in Mooreland. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in the United Methodist Church of Mooreland with the Reverend Larry Masoner officiating. Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Vernon Samuel Harper was born on May 9, 1916 in Searcy, Arkansas to Ernest and Hannah (Laubach) Harper. Vernon grew up in Quinlan and Tangier when he was younger, but he primarily grew up on the farm southeast of Mooreland. He attended Mooreland schools and graduated from Mooreland High School in 1934. Vernon was inducted into the United States Army Air Corp in 1940 and he honorably served his country during World War II. He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1945. Vernon bought some land from his father, and other farm land southeast of Mooreland. He farmed and ranched, raised cattle all of his working life. Vernonís main interest was his farm and his cattle, he spent most of his time looking after them.

Vernon was united in marriage to Doris Leona Grantham on May 17, 1953 at the Fairview Methodist Church in Beaver County, Oklahoma. They made their home on the farm, southeast of Mooreland before moving into Mooreland on Wilkie Road in the 1980's. Doris and Vernon enjoyed their families on both sides and they loved going to family get togetherís, especially during the holidays. They did some traveling together in the United States and Russia before Doris passed away in 1995. Vernon continued living at their home in Mooreland and in January of 2014 he went into the Mooreland Heritage Manor.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mooreland.

He is survived by one brother, Herman J. Harper, who currently lives southeast of Mooreland on the farm; one sister, Margaret Harper Lewis, who currently resides at the Mooreland Heritage Manor; Vernonís nieces and nephews on the Harper side, Bill and Nita Harper and their children, Linda and Danny Horner and their children, Barbara and George Kimes and their children, Susan and Chet Cane; Veneda Hamilton and children, Velma and Tom Pearson and their children, Marie and John Herzer and their children, Roger and Charlotte Lewis and their children, Bobby Lewis, Julie Lewis and children, Mark and Kellie Harper and their children; nieces and nephews on Doris side, P.D. and Esther Grantham, Ray and Jean Grantham, Raymond and Gaylene Hunt; they have eight children and 16 grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife Doris on July 14, 1995, his mother and father, Ernest and Hannah Harper, his siblings, Carl Harper, Fenton Harper, Ruth Harper Heartfield, Francis Harper, Virgil Harper, Howard Harper, and one half brother, Lynn Harper and one half sister, Gladys Shreckise.

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