Joseph Henry Harper, 65, of Leavenworth, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2014. Joe had 15 wonderful years added to his life as a kidney transplant recipient from a dear sister. He was born on June 13, 1948 in Nevada, Missouri, the son of Raymond C. and Clara Mae (Chatterson) Harper.
Joe spent most of his life in Southern California where he enjoyed softball, sports, and visiting Huntingtron Lake. He gaduated from California State L. A. in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in U.S. History. Joe later attended Bible College at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas where he graduated with an Associates Degree in Practical Theology.
He spent many years working with Nationwide Insurance in California and most recently served as a Subrogator for Armed Forces Insurance in Leavenworth.
On March 28, 2008 Joe married Mary "Kathie" Fitzwater. She survives at the home. He is also survived by four stepsons and their families who considered it an honor to know him; two sister, Bonnie (Walter) Barthuly and Ruth (Jeff) Brewer; a brother, Tommy (Rosie) Harper and many nieces and nephews.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents.
He loved his family and friends dearly.