Renaldo Earl Harper, 94, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died Friday, January 4, 1991 in Provo, Utah of causes incident to age.
Born September 13, 1896 in Albion, Idaho to Thomas Ephraim and Celia Ann Phippen Harper. He married Mary Eckersell Darley, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on June 25, 1919. She died March 27, 1969. He married Gladys Marie Cowles Torgeson, in the Los Angeles Temples on September 27, 1969. He was employed by the Ogden Union Railway and Depot Company in Ogden, Utah for 20 years. He moved to California and worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad until his retirement. He returned to Utah and worked as a salesman for the Buehner Block Co. The song "A Mormom Boy" could have been written as Dad's theme song. "With pride i'll lift my head and say I am a Mormom Boy." Having lived nin Utah and California, he served in many positions in wards and stakes. He became a patriarch in the Covina, California Stake and served in this capacity for several years.He is survived by his wife, Santa Anna, Calif.; and sons, Flamm Dee of Las Vegas, Nevada; E. Craig, of Provo; Glen R., of Huntsville; Thomas D., of Racho Cucamonga, Calif.; Reid L., of Belford, N.J.; Leslie K., of Diamond Bar, Calif.; Robert E., of Lakeside, Calif.; L. Ray, of Upland, Calif. and daughters, Mrs. Howard (Carol) Larson, of Brigham City; Mrs. David (Carma) Waterman, of Murray; and step-children, Gil Torgeson, of Glendale, Calif.; and Mrs. John (Colleen) Blair, of Costa Mesa, Calif.; 54 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. Renaldo was the last living member his of family. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Freeman, Leslie, Rulon, his sisters, Ella, Bernice, Ora, Lureta and his half-brothers, Ephraim, Edmund and Albert.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, 11 a.m. at Leavitt's Chapel of Flowers Mortuary, 836-36th Street, Ogden, with President Robert E. Harper officiating. Friends may call at the mortuary Wednesday from 9-10:45 a.m. Interment, Calls Fort Cemetery, Honeyville, Utah.
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