Ronald Gene Harper, 54, of Glencoe, OK passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., at the Old Church Center in the Oklahoma Territorial Plaza south of the intersection of Highway 33/177 in Perkins, OK. Greg Crowley will preside.
Ron, son of Bobby Gene Harper of Stillwater and Iris June (Woodrow) Lyons of Moore, was born in Purcell, on March 12, 1963. Ron graduated from C.E. Donart High School, Stillwater, OK in 1981, serving as the FFA President his senior year. He was very active with the judging and speech teams as well as in fitting and showing livestock through his school years, earning the State Farmer Award. He played American Legion baseball and remained an avid baseball fan. Ron began working with the Department of Transportation as a project inspector on bridge and roadway projects from 1981 to 1994. In 1994 he left Oklahoma and spent time in Colorado working on ranches fitting show steers before becoming a ranch foreman at the Jackson Hole Hereford Ranch in Wyoming. He loved being a cowboy, winning the Mountain States Circuit calf roping his Rookie PRCA year. From 1994 to 1996 he worked for Jorgenson Engineering and Land Surveying in Jackson Hole, Wyoming before returning back to Oklahoma where he was employed by Brawley Engineering of Stillwater, becoming a project manager on the Kilpatrick Turnpike and Martin Luther King Blvd. projects, among others, in Oklahoma City. He was employed with Oklahoma State University and the owner/operator of Cowboy Taxidermy at the time of his death.
Ron was an avid fisherman and had that special touch, always catching the most and largest fish. He loved the outdoors, hunting and trapping, especially taking a new hunter out to bag their first game. He thought he would always prefer the mountains over anything, until he became a scuba diver in 2006, enjoying the beauty and wonders of many dive locations. His biggest enjoyment was being grandpa, watching his two grandsons play baseball and basketball, taking them hunting, trapping, fishing and pulling them behind the boat for some lake fun. Ron was always stepping up to help family and friends wherever possible and loved them dearly.
Ron is survived by his wife, Christy (Moore) Harper of the home, two children, Justin Harper of Stillwater and Candi Patten and husband, Shaun, two grandsons, Jace Patten and Houston Patten of Glencoe, his parents, Bob and June, one sister, Judy Evanchyk and husband, Frank of Moore, one brother, Roger Harper of Stillwater, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Ron requested to be cremated when his time came and his ashes spread by his family and friends in the Colorado mountains and in the ocean at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where he always felt at peace.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Glencoe Baseball, c/o Harper Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 175, Glencoe, OK 74032.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: P.O. Box 1724, Stillwater, OK 74076.
Published on July 11, 2017