Donald Glenn Harper
October 28, 1947 – November 17, 2017
Donald Glenn Harper, 70, peacefully passed away November 17, 2017, at his home in Denver. Don was born in St. Francis, Kansas to Nina Marie and John Lewis Harper, the youngest of the couple’s four children, on October 28, 1947. When Don was six years old the Harper family moved to Loveland, Colorado where they lived a wonderful life by the original Fort Namaqua Trading Post alongside the Big Thompson River where all the kids shared many adventures. He attended schools in Loveland and graduated from Loveland High School in 1965. Don was very proud to be a veteran of the U.S. Navy having enlisted in 1965 following his graduation. He was honorably discharged on October 8th, 1968.
Don had a long career with Gates Rubber Company in Denver. After retirement from Gates, Don also worked for the City and County of Denver. He loved riding his motorcycle and was very proud to say he had ridden his bike in all 50 states. He and his wife, Lillian, traveled many places and enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life. In addition to enjoying his motorcycle, Don loved fishing with his grandson and his brother and doing anything that involved his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He was devoted to his family. His sense of humor will be greatly missed. He was very proud to receive his 30-year AA bronze medallion.
Don is survived by his wife, Lillian Harper, his children Darren Glenn Harper, Kyla Lynn Strong (Terry), Craig Carl Harper and stepson, Jonathan Richard LaGest; grandchildren Darin Jean Harper, Cheyenne Devin Harper, Jarod Harper Strong and his great-grandchild, Olivia Cerae Harper. He is also survived by his brother, Ed (Becky Cuney), and his sister, Jean, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Lloyd.
The memorial service will be held November 30, 2017, at 10:30 am. For more information and to leave condolences, please visit www.olingerhighland.com.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Donald Glenn Harper
September 11, 2020
I miss you every day! My birthday came and went and YOU were always the first on to call and wish me a happy birthday...I miss that! I miss you! I can’t believe it has been almost three years. Fall is bittersweet now.
Much love until we meet again!
December 31, 2017
Happy New Year Dad!! I miss you!! I love you! I know you would always call and tell us Happy New Year!! Love you!! Miss you!!
December 20, 2017
I remember the Harper children used to go to school at Big Thompson School , we went to school with them. My prayers to the Harper family . Mr Harper was our bus driver I loved riding the bus your Dad /Grandpa was very kind to us .God bless your family with peace and love.
December 10, 2017
Love you Dad
December 10, 2017
I am missing you a lot today Dad. I sure hope you are feeling better, I am so thankful God picked you to be my Dad. I love and miss you. Love always your Favorite Daughter.
December 3, 2017
Travel safe brother. Keep the shiny side up and the rubber side down!!
November 23, 2017
Becky, please accept our sincerest condolences having heard of Don's passing. Our prayer is that the comfort you need be found, during this time, in the fact that he lived life to the fullest and will be missed. Even though we were not close in this life we do remember the 'high school days'. May you find peace in the days ahead by putting your faith in the living God. He is faithful and true! Jerry ('65) and Connie White, Loveland.
November 22, 2017
My brother Don shared his life with me for over 70 years. They were awesome years, all of which he lived with zest. Our best memories were as boys growing up beside the Big Thompson River and digging for buried treasure in our back yard where we were certain we would find gold under the floor of Marianna Modena's log trading post house which was directly behind our house. Later we enjoyed fishing together, when he showed his prowess as a fisherman, catching a sturgeon from the Sacramento River in California that was longer than he was tall. He loved riding motorcycles and we went to the Laughlin Harley rally where he rode with me and my son Scott and hugely enjoyed the experience. Don will be missed greatly by all who knew him as a wonderful family provider. I will personally miss him as my BROTHER!!
Cheers brother, and enjoy your new digs as always!!!
Your brother Ed