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James B. Harper - 6712/9/1948 - 2/25/2016
James B. Harper, age 67, of Dixon, Illinois died Thursday, February 25, 2016 at his home. James was born December 9, 1948 in Princeton, Illinois, the son of Bruce and Dorothy (Fritz) Harper. He was united in marriage to Arlene Doctor on June 3, 1979 in Madison, Wisconsin. Jim graduated from Walnut Community High School in Walnut, Illinois and Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois and attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. He worked at JC Penney in Sterling, Illinois and Atherton Grain in Walnut, Illinois during his lifetime. Jim served his country in the United States Army. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dixon and played on the church softball team. He is survived by his wife, Arlene of Dixon, IL; one daughter, Ashley Harper of Batavia , IL; one granddaughter, Kalli Grant of Batavia, IL; 4 brothers, Richard (Amber) Harper of Walnut, IL, Steven (Ronda) Harper of Sterling, IL, Jerry Fritz of Walnut, IL and Jonnie Fritz of Rock Falls, IL; one sister, Mary Ann (Carl) Von Holten of Walnut, IL and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. A visitation will be Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Dixon. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Garland Funeral Home, Walnut with Rev. Tim Mitchell, Pastor, officiating with a visitation from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will take place in Walnut Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Walnut American Legion Post # 179. A memorial has been established in his memory.
Visitation:Sunday, March 6, 2016 3-5pm at First United Methodist Church, Dixon, IL Monday, March 7 from 9-10am at Garland Funeral Home, Walnut. IL
Service:Monday, March 7 at 10am Garland Funeral Home, Walnut View James B. Harper's Guestbook
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