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Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA

OBITUARY

Robert Payne Harper Jr.

December 18, 1931January 26, 2018
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Robert Payne Harper, Jr., born in New Orleans on December 18, 1931, passed away peacefully at Lambeth House on Friday, January 26, 2018. Strengthened by the prayers, love, and support of countless friends and family, as well as the tireless and loving efforts of his cherished caregivers, Bob fought a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease for twelve years. Bob graduated from Holy Cross High School, and he received a Bachelor of Science from Tulane University, where he was a member of the Navy ROTC. Thereafter, he served honorably in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant and Naval Aviator from 1954 to 1957. Bob was owner and president of Industrial Machinery Systems, Inc. Bob was an avid outdoorsman who hunted and fished all over the world, from the marshes of Lafitte, to numerous rivers all over the western United States, and to the plains of South America and Africa. He also enjoyed gardening, and grew a wide array of orchids and other exotic plants. Bob was a longtime member of several organizations, including the Southern Yacht Club, the Little Lake Hunting Club, and the Krewe of Hermes. Bob is survived by his beloved spouse of 58 years, June Quirk Harper; two sons, Robert P. Harper and Ryan A. Harper; a son-in-law, Pierre V. Miller II; a daughter-in-law, Vivian Anne Harper; seven grandchildren: Pierre V. “Coury” Miller III, Andrew P. Miller, Harper J. Miller, Elise M. Miller, Robert P. Harper, Jr., Joseph K. Harper, and Lucille A. Harper; and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Kelly Harper Miller; his parents, Edith Stack Harper and Robert P. Harper, Sr.; and his brother, Fred Harper. More than anything on earth, Bob treasured his children and family, along with his close relationships with so many wonderful people in his life. Throughout his illness, he enjoyed wonderful blessings, preparing him for an eternity with God. While Bob is no doubt experiencing peace and joy in heaven, those he left behind will miss him dearly. All are invited to attend a wake at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 444 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA 70005 on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. A Funeral Mass and graveside service will be celebrated immediately afterwards. In lieu of flowers, Bob and his family would appreciate donations in his memory to Holy Cross High School, 5500 Paris Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70122; the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014; or the Lambeth House Employee Appreciation Fund, 150 Broadway Street, New Orleans, LA 70118. To view and sign the guestbook, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 1, 2018

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, February 1, 2018

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Tanyell Magee

February 7, 2018

Mr. Harper will truly be missed.

Jeanette Palmer

February 6, 2018

June,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss and will pray for you to find peace in such a difficult time. After looking at the pictures of your family, it is clear that you and Bob had a beautiful life together.
Sincerely, Jeanette Palmer

Bobby Finkelstein

February 1, 2018

Pierre,

Please know that the fellas and I in the law firm would like to express our most sincere and heartfelt condolences on your recent loss - the passing away of Bob.

Please also know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of need.

Fondly, Respectfully and Sincerely yours,

Bobby Finkelstein for the firm
Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias

February 1, 2018

You have my deepest sympathy, June. My thoughts are with you and all your family.

Margie Russell

January 31, 2018

Dear June,
Jack and I are keeping you and the family in our thoughts and prayers,
Love,
Carroll Westholz

Dutch and Jane Prager

January 31, 2018

Each of us has memories of Bob and we know all his family will call on those memories in times to come. There is great comfort in sharing the stories that made a person's life with those you love. May peace and comfort be found by all his family and friends. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

January 30, 2018

June, Bob was such a Good Looking man! Your memories will be w/you always. It was such a pleasure to have met U and Bob. I will miss seeing U at Lambeth so very much. Now U must take care of yourself.
Fondly, Dianna Marks

Polk

January 30, 2018

What a wonderful legacy . My condolences to the family. He will truly be missed my many. God is a God of comfort He is always there to give us support in our times of need. Hebrews 2:15. My prayers are with you.

January 29, 2018

I am truly sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort give you peace and strength during this difficult time. Psalms 29:11.

Sandy Sumich

January 29, 2018

The Sumich family feels so blessed to have Bob as part of our lives. He was such a wonderful and interesting man. Always so gracious and welcoming-a true southern gentleman. Our thoughts and prayer and with you all.

Sandy and Leni Sumich

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