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Gerald C Harper, PhD

January 6, 1940 ~ February 18, 2019 (age 79)

Dr. Gerald Cecil Harper was born January 6, 1940 in Elkhart, Indiana to the late Thurlow G. Harper, Sr. and Ruth R. (Clark) Harper.  Gerald attended Elkhart Community Schools; upon graduation he joined and proudly served four years in the United State Marine Corps.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a Master’s from Western Michigan University, and his Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Gerald was a Professor of Psychology who taught at the University of Illinois, Ivy Tech, and UCLA.  He resided in California for many years where he worked as a therapist/counselor in his clinic.   Gerald returned to Elkhart in 2005. 

Gerald is survived by his children, a son, Rev. Terrence (Sherri) Harper, Sr. of Indiana; daughters, Terald L. Harper, Bridget Harper, Trudi R. Harper Hill, and Tasha Harper, all of California; brothers, Thurlow Grames (Connie) Harper, Jr. of California, Sumpter M. (Philllis) Riley of Maryland, Burt S. Riley, Jr. of Indiana, James Porter of Oklahoma, and Paul Porter of Kentucky; sisters, Dr. Cecelia (DeVon, Sr.) Goodrich, Vera R. Taylor, Amy Jane Riley (Charles) Gilbert, all of Indiana and Donna Porter Todd of Oklahoma; grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.

Friends may call one hour prior to the Noon service on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Plez Lovelady officiating.  Burial with Military honors will be at Prairie Street Cemetery.

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