James Francis Harper of Vassar, age 85, passed away Wednesday evening, October 17, 2018 at Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw. He was born on September 1, 1933 in Detroit, the son of the late Arthur and Margaret (McKeon) Harper. In 1958 he married Mary Jane Knight. Together they raised seven children and she preceded him in death. Jim was the owner and operator of Harper Watchman Alarm for 30 years, retiring in 1989. He enjoyed traveling and playing poker and was an advocate for AA for many years.
Surviving family include his seven children: Mike (Meg) Harper, Margaret (Dick) Bentley, Ellie (Jim) Hollamon, Jim (Cheryl) Harper, Mary (Mark) Gregorich, Tom (Katie) Harper and John (Nadia) Harper; many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Patricia Boston and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his brothers: Art, Tom, Dick and Bob Harper.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 22, 2018 at the Penzien-Steele Funeral Home, 149 N. Main St. in Vassar. Pastor Scott Sherrill officiating. The family will greet friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-8 p.m. Those desiring may make contributions to the wishes of the family.