Harper, Jim

Written by David Green.

Vernon James “Jim” Harper, 63, of Eaton Rapids, Mich., died Aug. 21, 2012.

Jim was born April 24, 1949, in Hudson, Mich., the son of Vernon  James, Sr., and Berthe (Beem) Harper.

Jim was an avid volleyball player. Other hobbies included biking, cooking, theatre, art and visiting museums. Jim was a fixer of all things. He loved spending time with his family and entertaining them with his sense of humor. Jim retired from Superior Electric after 22 years of service and was a member of the IBEW for 38 years in Michigan and New Jersey.

 He is survived by his wife, Martha Neill Nargang Harper; daughters, Brenda Harper (and Ryan Bannon) of Newton, N.J., Cari (and Drew) Ondush of Las Vegas, Nev., Christina “Tina” (and Jordan) Polhamus of Royal Oak, Mich., Alisha Harper of Eaton Rapids; son, James (and Amy) Harper of Greenville, S.C.; step-children, Michael Nargang of Olympia, Wash., Kenzie (and John) Narway of Phoenix, Ariz., Eric Nargang of Morrison, Col.; grandchildren, Brittany, Allie, Nick, Hayden, Cain, Emmerson and Grady; father, Vernon J. Harper, Sr., (and Connie Vinton); sister, Sandy (and Eric) Emmons; and brother, Fran (and Deb) of Florida. 

Jim was preceded in death by his mother.

 Memorial services are planned at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St., Eaton Rapids, and at Jim’s request, casual dress is recommended as there will be a picnic following his services. Visitation is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Friday and from 1-2 p.m. Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the East Lansing Volleyball Club or Hospice of Lansing, 4052 Legacy Pkwy, Lansing, MI 48911. 

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