OBITUARY

Ronald Howard Harper

December 20, 1954May 6, 2019

LTC Ronald H. Harper, US ARMY Retired Dec 20, 1954 ‒ May 06, 2019

Service Details: Celebration of Life: Baldwin-Fairchild Oaklawn Chapel 5000 County Road 46A, Sanford, FL 32771 Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Burial (Interment): Florida National Cemetery Bushnell, FL 6502 S.W. 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, FL 33513 June 7, 2019 from 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Lieutenant Colonel Ronald H. Harper, United States Army, Retired 64, of Osteen, Florida passed away on May 6, 2019 peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family.

Ron was born December 20, 1954 in Marion, Ohio, the son of Ronald A. and Mary Ann (Long) Harper. He graduated from Mount Gilead High School, Mount Gilead, Ohio in 1973. Ron enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1975 and earned his commission as second lieutenant in Armor in 1981.

During his military career Ron completed the Advanced Program Management Course, Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Services Staff School, and Systems Automation Course, earned four Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon, Aircraft Crewman Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

On March 15, 1974 he was united in marriage to Sharon Bartley in Edison, Ohio. Throughout his military career Ron, Sharon and their family resided at multiple locations including Newport News, Virginia; Fort Lewis, Washington; Amberg, West Germany; Fort Knox, Kentucky; Fort Carson, Colorado; Fort Gordon, Georgia; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; Washington D.C., and Orlando, Florida.

Ron graduated from Webster University with a Master in Business Administration in 2008, and a Master of Arts Computer Resource and Information Management in 1998. He graduated from The University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Management and a Minor in Public Management in 1986 and from Pierce College with an Associates in Liberal Arts in 1977.

Ron was an avid lover of his Ohio State Buckeyes football and his Kentucky Wildcats basketball. Ron’s hobbies included reading history and computers. His other interests included watching his grandchildren play sports and enjoying his dog, Maggie.

LTC Ron Harper is survived by his wife Sharon, their three sons, Shamon (Yolanda) of Lutz, Florida; Joshua (Kesorn) of Sanford, Florida and Tyson (Zarah) of Lake Mary, Florida and four grandchildren, Christian, Isaac, Abigail, and Gavin. He is further survived by his father Ronald (Linda) Harper of Mount Gilead; mother Mary Ann Harper of Upper Sandusky; sisters Randi (Scott) Nickell of Marion, Ohio, Angela (William) Trainer of Madison, Alabama, and Tamara (Mark) Webb of Huber Heights, Ohio, in addition to numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and his many friends. Ron was preceded in death by his brother Jeffrey Harper, grandparents Orva and Minnie Harper and Howard and Thelma Long.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Central Florida ALS Association. Special thanks to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, caregivers and family members who were by his side caring for him, and to the family and friends who offered their constant love and support. We are forever grateful to the Harpers Heroes who supported Ron’s ALS team in the fight to defeat ALS.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/sanford-fl/ronald-harper-8275188

Services

6 June

Celebration of Life Service

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Charles Jacobus

May 15, 2019

I knew Ron as the leader of Cybernet's cybersecurity effort in Orlando. He joined the company and provided a steady hand over a turbulent period. All of our best wishes and condolences to his wife Sharon and the rest of the family. I lost my wide and business partner in 2016 to brain cancer, also a random act of fate, and I extend my sympathy to you all. However, I can also attest to the the fact that there is a life after and you all will get there with God's grace and good memories of Ron.

Chuck Jacobus, and Ron's other Cybernet friends

Alison & Derek Robinson

May 9, 2019

We were heartbroken to learn of Ron's passing. We enjoyed every opportunity we had to spend with him. Never a Thanksgiving goes by where we don't think of the Thanksgiving we spent with the Harpers! Our condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the family.

Rose West

May 9, 2019

To the entire Harper family

Sorry for your loss. My prayers be with you during your time of sorrow. May Ron rest in peace in heaven.

Jennifer and Joe Branker/Nault

May 9, 2019

For the short time we knew Ron through the ALS Association, we came to feel very close to both Ron and Sharon, as we shared a common aliment. Although we already knew the end of this story, it is still not easy to accept, especially so soon! We are very happy Ron is no longer suffering and are proud of the brave fight he put up against this horrible enemy. Sharon please know you have our support and friendship beyond this time, we are bonded by ALS as horrible as that seems...it did bring us to know each other.

We are sending our love, condolences, and support to you and your family at this time. Stay strong and hold all your beautiful memories in your minds and hearts forever!

Joe and Jennifer

Jon Shipman

May 9, 2019

I have very fond memories of growing up with Ron and his family in Edison, Ohio. Ron was a good good friend and classmate in school. My prayers are offered up for the comfort of God’s Holy Spirit to be with family and friends in this time of great loss. Rest In Peace Ron.

Jon Shipman
Edison, OH

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY