August 12, 1938 – December 8, 2015
Harold A. Harper, 77, of Eaton passed away Dec. 8, 2015 at his home in Eaton.
He was born August 12, 1938 in East St. Louis, IL to Howard and Betty (Carter) Harper. Harold grew up in Indiana, working on the family farm and raising livestock. He was a member of his local 4H Chapter where his interest in sheep and cattle became more focused. Harold was a champion sheep shearer and that skill paid his way through Purdue University, where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and a member of the University marching band.
Harold served the livestock industry in Iowa and Nebraska, finding his home in Colorado. His love for livestock and Colorado led him to Eaton where he fulfilled his life long dream of a lamb feedlot. Together with his wife and three children, Harold built a reputation as one of the largest lamb feeders in the nation. Harold has received numerous awards and is held in the highest regards as a reputable industry leader.
Throughout the years Harold has been an active member and generous supporter of numerous industry organizations and a fifty year Noble member of the Shriners.
He was preceded in death by his father, Howard; and mother, Helen (Betty) Harper.
He is survived by his wife; Judy, children; Jeff and Jackie (Harper) Matz and their children Andrew and Caroline of Denver, Mike and MaryAnn Harper and their children Catherine, Emily and Madeline of Eaton, and Diane (Harper) Grossenbacher and her children Eli and Peter of Eaton.
A viewing will be held Monday from 5-7 pm at the Evangelical Free Church of Eaton, 1325 3rd Street.
Services will be held Tuesday, December 15th at 10 am at the Evangelical Free Church of Eaton. There will be a Celebration of Life from 11 am – 3 pm at the Eaton Country Club, 37661 Weld Country Rd. 39.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Harold’s name to Meals on Wheels in care of Allnutt Mortuary at 702 13th Street, Greeley, CO 80631.