Laurel R. “Harp” Harper, 85, of East Moline, died Friday, March 6, 2015, at his home. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 11 at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, 225 E. Park St., Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. Wilfred Karsten officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Moline or the American Diabetes Association.

Laurel R. “Harp” Harper, 85, of East Moline, died Friday, March 6, 2015, at his home. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 11 at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, 225 E. Park St., Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. Wilfred Karsten officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Moline or the American Diabetes Association.

Harp was born Sept. 11, 1929, in Geneseo, the son of Rollin W. and Blanche E. (Wolf) Harper. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1947. Harp married Mildred Carlson on Oct. 12, 1947, in Moline. She died on April 20, 2003. Harp had worked as a route salesman for Peters (Sunbeam) Bakery for more than 32 years. He then worked for Burns Security, Moline, for seven years until retiring in 1991.

He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Moline and Teamsters Local 371. Harp enjoyed bowling, softball, the Chicago Cubs and actively attending sporting events of his grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Laurie and Steve Ebner of Rock Island and Marcia and Steve Orendorff of Geneseo; seven sons and daughters-in-law, Brian and Betty Harper of Geneseo, Jeffrey Harper of Moline, Stephen and Connie Harper of East Moline, Scott Harper and Kay Richards of Geneseo, Mark Harper of Moline, Jason Harper of Geneseo, and Barry and Tracy Harper of Moline; 21 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; special friend, Pat Lord of East Moline; sister and brother-in-law, Lorna Jean and Willard Jacobs of Prophetstown; sister-in-law, Evie Kizer of Moline; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his daughter, Pamela; a sister, Avis Atwell; a daughter-in-law, Margo Harper; and two great grandchildren.