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DeLane Harper

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DeLane N. Harper age 79 of Nashua, IA died Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, IA. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 6, 2017, at Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home - Olson Chapel in Nashua. DeLane Nolon Harper was born May 3, 1937, in Missouri, the son of Linn and Delores (Nickell) Harper. DeLane attended school in Ottumwa, IA, where he excelled in track & field and competed in state track. He graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1956. DeLane enlisted into the United States Marines where he served his country for over two years. After DeLane returned home, he began working for Roth Construction. DeLane then began working for Harvestore in Nashua working with the company for several years. He was then employed by Prairie Construction working there until his retirement. DeLane worked on many different projects throughout his years in construction. He spent time working on bridges, roads, hospitals, schools, courthouses, colleges and houses. DeLane took great pride in his work and could remember almost every project he worked on. DeLane was introduced to Mary Benda and the couple were married. To this union three children, Steve, Scott and Lori were born. The couple later divorced. Several years later he met Janice Cerwinske and the couple was married in 1981 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. To this union one son, Matthew was born. The couple later divorced. DeLane met Belinda Graves through her son-in-law, and had an instant connection. The couple spent fifteen wonderful years together. DeLane enjoyed collecting oil lamps and had several hundred in his collection. He liked to spend time with his family going to garage sales. He liked fishing, gardening, watching birds and squirrels. He was a great storyteller and loved to tinker with about anything. DeLane is survived by his significant other, Belinda Graves of Nashua, IA; five sons, Steve Harper of Sheffield, IA, Scott (Sandy) Harper of Plainfield, IA, Matthew (Cindy) Harper of Nashua, IA, Joey Carroll of Plainfield, IA, Chris (April) Graves of Rochester, MN; four daughters, Lori (James) Mennenga of Horton, IA, Julie (Adam) Hughes of Hawkeye, IA, Lorie (Matt) Lange of Holmen, WI, Ann (Andy) Henning of Fredericksburg, IA; 18 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; brother, Dean Harper of Brookfield, MO; sister, Linda Harper of Phoenix, AZ; brother-in-law, Don (Mary Joe) Benda of Decorah, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter-in-law, Heidi Harper; brother, Danny Harper; Mary Benda

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  1. I have sooo many Great Memories of working with Delane as well as sharing off the job time. He was a smart, fair man that I enjoyed working with and a blast to go out with!!! I will never forget the night we saw two full moons…. Rest in Peace, my Dear Friend.

  2. Thoughts & Prayers to the Harper family. Delane was such a loving caring man. He was one of my favorite Uncles. I had a lot of laughs with him over the years. He will be missed dearly.

  3. Delanes brother dean has been a lifetime friend of mine since childhood I never knew Delane personally , over the years through dean I have come to know him by way of deans memories. He was held in the highest regards by dean and he will be sadly missed. I am truly sorry for your loss. Don Bailey 522 finnie flat rd ste E #634 Camp Verde Az. 86322

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss, Belinda, and family! I wish I had been there for you…I wish there were going to be a funeral Saturday, as I’m not real great at driving at nite when I don’t know where I’m going. The eyes, you know. This is a very nice photo of Delane. If something works out, I’ll try to come Friday nite, otherwise, my thoughts will be with you all….Love, Carol (Buckles)

  5. My sincere condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. True comfort comes by drawing close to God (Psalms 83:18) in prayers so He (God) can draw close to you. (James 4:8).

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