Funeral services for Elton Harper, age 78, of 817 Washington Street in Ogdensburg will be held on Wednesday (Oct 10, 2012) at 11:00 a.m. at Notre Dame Church with Rev. F. James Shurtleff officiating. His place of rest will be at Foxwood Memorial Park.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home. Mr. Harper passed away at his home on Sunday (Oct 7, 2012) surrounded by his loving family.
Surviving is his wife, Yvonne; three sons, Daniel Harper and his wife Christine, Dennis Harper and his wife Larie, and Richard Harper and his wife Natalie all of Ogdensburg; two daughters, Susan Bice and her husband Renny of Ogdensburg and Deborah Barnett and her husband Peter of Ontario; two brothers, John Harper and his wife Audrey of Ogdensburg, and Robert Harper of California; a sister, Beulah Phelix of North Carolina; nine grandchildren, Jasmine, Michael Geraci, Zachary Harper and his wife Tessa Ann, Dustin Harper and Zachary Weston, Christy Lust and her husband Brian, Renny Bice Jr., Peter Barnett and Ashley Barnett; two great-grandchildren, Peter Matthew Bice and Bryan James Lust; and along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a brother, Victor Harper; and two sisters, Audrey Hazelton and Irene Backus.
Elton was born on January 3, 1934 in Ogdensburg, a son of James and Margaret (Kyle) Harper. He attended school in Morristown and then graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy. He then entered the US Army from 1956-1958 in active duty and the reserves from 1959 – 1960 serving in Korea. He married Yvonne Martin on June 6, 1959 in Cornwall, Ontario.
He was employed by Hammond Lane Mechanical as a pipefitter, and worked on major projects at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg School District, Ogdensburg Correctional Facility and the Oswego Nuclear Plant during his career.
He was a member of the United Association Local 73 Plumber & Pipe Fitters Union in Oswego, the Ogdensburg Elks Club, Am Vets and Notre Dame Parish. He enjoyed playing Texas Hold-em, horseshoes, holy boards, going to his grandson’s hockey games, spending time at camp with his family and making wooden lawn ornaments. He was an avid SU Basketball fan.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley of the Richard E. Winter Cancer Center. Condolences can also be shared at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.