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August 12, 1938 - December 8, 2015

Harold A. Harper, 77, of Eaton, Colorado passed away Dec. 8, 2015 at his home.

He was born in East St. Louis, Illinois to Howard and Betty (Carter) Harper. Harold grew up in Indiana, working on the family farm and raising livestock. He was a member of his local 4H Chapter, where his interest became focused on sheep and cattle. Harold was a champion sheep shearer and that skill paid his way through Purdue University, where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and a member of the University marching band.

Harold served the livestock industry in Iowa and Nebraska, finding his home in Colorado. His love for livestock and Colorado led him to Eaton where he fulfilled his life long dream of a lamb feedlot. Together with his wife and three children, Harold built a reputation as one of the largest lamb feeders in the nation.

Harold received numerous awards and was held in the highest regard as a reputable industry leader. The National Lamb Feeders Association presented him with the Cane of Appreciation in 2001 and awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

Throughout the years Harold has been an active member and generous supporter of numerous industry organizations and a 50 year Noble member of the Shriners.

Harold is survived by his wife; Judy, children; Jeff and Jackie (Harper) Matz and their children Andrew and Caroline of Denver, Mike and MaryAnn Harper and their children Catherine, Emily and Madeline of Eaton, and Diane (Harper) Grossenbacher and her children Eli and Peter of Eaton.

Services will be held Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 10 am at the Evangelical Free Church of Eaton, 1325 3rd Street. There will be a Celebration of Life from 11 am to 3 pm at the Eaton Country Club, 37661 Weld Country Rd. 39.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Harold's name to Meals on Wheels in care of Allnutt Mortuary at 702 13th Street, Greeley, CO 80631.