Merle "Mike" Harper

June 24, 1938April 10, 2018

HARPER, Lieutenant Colonel Merle “Mike” G., Air Force Reserve (Ret.), 79, of Temple Terrace died peacefully on April 10, 2018 at Melech Hospice House. Mike was a Special Agent with Prudential Life Insurance Company for 20 years. He was a devoted Christian and member of Christ Lutheran Church in Saint Petersburg. Mike was actively involved in the community and received many recognitions for his military, professional and volunteer service. Mike is survived by his wife of 52 years, Helen, his brother, Ralph W. Harper, many nephews, nieces and cousins. Funeral services will be held at Blount and Curry Funeral Home at the Garden of Memories, 4207 E. Lake Ave., Tampa, Florida. Friday, April 20, 2018. Visitation will be held from 12-1 p.m., immediately followed by a chapel service. Entombment service at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society.


  • Mary Harper, Wife
  • Mike will be missed by his wife Helen, his brother Ralph W. Harper, many nephews, nieces and cousins who will cherish his memory.


  • Visitation Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, April 20, 2018

Merle "Mike" Harper

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Damian "Tom" Pepe

April 19, 2018

I met Mike in May of 1966. We were both Prudential Agents in the Tampa office. Mike was a most conscientious agent and was always concerned about doing the best for his clients. Mike was instrumental in helping me with my Air Force Reserve career. As a result, I also retired as a Lieutenant Colonel with over 23 years of active and reserve duty. Mike had the habit of always stopping by my house after an appointment and after my wife had finished baking cookies for my three sons. He would sit there with them enjoying some cookies and a glass of milk. We all enjoyed Mike's visits.

Roger Martindil

April 15, 2018

I have known Merle "Mike" for over 10 years at Christ Lutheran Church.
He was a great friend in Christ and fellow comrade in arms as I was also retired military.
Mike had a great love for his Church and Christ Jesus as could be experienced by his long drive every Sunday from Temple Terrace to St Petersburg for Church. Mike always sat behind me at Church and I will miss his presence every Sunday. We will miss Mike's Potato Souffle and his sense of humor.
Mike always had a fishing pole in the back of his station wagon ready to throw a line in the water.

God's Peace and Presence with Mike and his Family.
Roger Martindill

Vicki Richardson

April 11, 2018

Mike and my sister, Helen, married over 52 years ago, and he has been a part of my life ever since. He was stubborn, argumentative and very opinionated, but nonetheless he was family, and in his own unique way I’m sure cared deeply for all of us. Mike and I disagreed ...well, actually fiercely debated, many topics. And he often asked for my help with his computer and then would tell me what I was doing wrong. And don’t even get me started about his I, as well as other family members, friends and clergy spent time with him at Melech Hospice House and there is no doubt that a man as faithful in the Lord as he, is now resting in peace exactly where he hoped to be. Mike, you will be missed. God bless you and keep you forever and ever.