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Michael E. Harper, 58, Russiaville, passed away at 4:20 a.m. on Monday, July 10, 2017, at his home. He was born Aug. 26, 1958, in Howard County, to Ronald and Linda (Chism) Harper. On June 25, 1993, he married Penny Hinderer, in Townsend, Tennessee, and she survives.
Michael graduated from Northwestern High School in 1976. He also attended and graduated from Ball State Paramedic School and from the Police Academy in 2002. He worked for several years as a paramedic for Howard Community Hospital, served eight years as a Howard County deputy coroner under coroner Jeff Stout, worked for the Crawfordsville Fire Department, volunteered on the Indian Heights and Russiaville Fire Departments, served as Russiaville Deputy Town Marshall for six years and worked as a Howard County Dispatcher for a short time. He was a member of Crossroads Community Church, where he served on the security team. He was also a member of Russiaville Masonic F&AM Lodge #82 and Howard County EMA, where he served as communication and training director. He enjoyed following the weather on Facebook.
In addition to his wife, Penny Harper, Russiaville, he is survived by his son, Andrew (Jennifer) Harper, Kokomo; daughter, Jessica (Bo) Stephan, Lafayette; grandchildren, Alexis Harper, Summer Harper, Kaitlyn Harper, Kaylee Joy and Kendra Joy; brothers, Don (Kathryn) Harper, Frankfort, and Ted (Anne) Love, Nappanee; sister, Tammy Graves, Kokomo; step-brother, Dave Moser, Kokomo; step-mother, Nancy Harper, Kokomo; mother-in-law, Connie Combs, Wauchula, Florida; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Cyndy Taylor, Kokomo; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Ronald C. Harper.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Crossroads Community Church, 4254 S. 00 EW, Kokomo, with Pastors Jeff Harlow and Chris Duncan officiating. Burial will follow in Russiaville Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Myositis Association. Messages of condolence may be expressed online at www.stoutandson.com. Stout & Son Funeral Home, Russiaville, has been entrusted with arrangements.
Published on July 12, 2017
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