Laurel R. “Harp” Harper, 85 of East Moline, died Friday, March 6, 2015, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11 th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, 225 E. Park St. Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. Wilfred Karsten will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Moline. or American Diabetes Association.
Harp was born September 11, 1929 in Geneseo the son of Rollin W. and Blanche E. (Wolf) Harper. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1947. Harp married Mildred Carlson on October 12, 1947 in Moline. She died on April 20, 2003. Harp had worked as a route salesman for Peters (Sunbeam) Bakery for over 32 years. He then worked for Burns Security, Moline for 7 years until retiring in 1991.
Memberships include Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Moline and Teamsters Local 371. Harp enjoyed bowling, softball, the Chicago Cubs and actively attending sporting events of his grandchildren.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Laurie and Steve Ebner, Rock Island and Marcia and Steve Orendorff, Geneseo; seven sons and daughters-in-law, Brian and Betty Harper, Geneseo, Jeffrey Harper, Moline, Stephen and Connie Harper, East Moline, Scott Harper and Kay Richards, Geneseo, Mark Harper, Moline, Jason Harper, Geneseo and Barry and Tracy Harper, Moline; 21 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; special friend Pat Lord, East Moline; sister and brother-in-law, Lorna Jean and Willard Jacobs, Prophetstown; sister-in-law, Evie Kizer, Moline and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter Pamela, sister Avis Atwell, a daughter-in-law Margo Harper and two great grandchildren.