Bill J. Harper

Bill J. Harper, died June 5 at home following a long illness.

He was born to William Henry and Etta Louise Harper on July 20, 1925 in Sequoya County, Okla.         

He had many friends and “adopted families” in his lifetime. He also had many vocations. He was in the Navy and served during WWII, stationed in Manicani Island in the Philippine Islands at a ship repair base. After the war, he worked for AT&T as an installer, then went into apprenticeship and became a journeyman butcher in San Jose, Calif. He moved to Oregon in January 1961 and bought a 70 acre dairy, raised cattle, sheep, hogs, chickens, boys and dogs. Along with milking 70 cows for a neighbor dairyman and about 30 head at home, he went to work as a school bus driver to “help out” for a couple weeks. Fourteen years later he retired from Eagle Point School District. He also had a back-hoe service at the same time.

Mr. Harper was one of the founders of Living Opportunities, Inc. and served on the board of directors for 34 years before retiring in 2009 due to poor health. He was a past Worthy Master and lifetime member of the Shady Cove Masonic Lodge #208.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Barbara; four sons, Leslie, of Gold Hill, Charles of Central Point, James of Redding, Calif and Cordell of Talent, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one grandson.

A celebration of life was held June 18 at Roxy Ann Grange.

The family asked that donations in Mr. Harper’s memory be made to Living Opportunities, Inc., P.O. Box 1105, Medford, OR 97501 or Providence Hospice, P.O. Box 4548, Medford, OR 97504 or your favorite personal organization.

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