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I lived next to Baa till I was 4 years old and my dad JD worked with Rick. I have a lot of memories of all the Harpers. Baa was my best friend as a little girl and I loved spending time with her in her house. When I moved away my dad and I would come back and visit Baa and the rest of the family til she passed away. I miss her. I wish i could of had

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Posted by: Melissa Devereaux - Bloomfield, IA - Friend   Oct 03, 2015

Jackie and Dusty,
We want to share our sympathies with your families at this difficult time. Rick (and Jackie) have been wonderful hosts when we come down deer hunting every year. Rick will be dearly missed from the Minnesota Boys.
Marcus and Chad

Posted by: Marcus Hopp and Chad Wilson - New Ulm, MN - Friends   Sep 28, 2015

Rick was the most caring man and helped so many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jackie and his daughter.

Posted by: Shawn and Jackie Richardson - Moravia, IA - Friend   Sep 22, 2015

I send my sincere condolences to the famly of Rick Harper. I have many wonderful childhood memories of Rick, his parent, Deverre and Mattie, his grandma Harper and all of the characters from West Grove and the Harper Lumber yard days. My parents owned and operated the only cafe/gas station/auto repair business in West Grove. Many times Rick, Deverre and the guys would stop in for an ice cold Pepsi or Dew from the reach in, water cooled, pop cooler.

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Posted by: Tim Leonard - Creston, IA - Neighbor-West Grove   Sep 22, 2015

I will never forget, when Raymond and I got our son Chris, Rick brought us a tree that he didn't need. He planted it in the front yard and he named it the Baby Hamilton tree. Which we still call it that today. It is a beautiful, full oak tree. Just like Rick was full of life and love for all. Thanks Rick for that tree and I will always think of you when I look at it. as I always have. Renita Murrell

Posted by: Renita Murrell - Bloomfield, IA - friend   Sep 22, 2015

So very sorry for your loss, Dusty. You are in my thoughts and prayers.WA

Posted by: MaryLouise Bryan - Las Vegas, NV - Dustin' s Aunt   Sep 22, 2015

Dear Pal-O'Mine ,

You (and your dear mother) played key roles in the hands-down highlight of my teen years :-)
I can still see you -- grinning behind me -- as you rolled-out the drum lead-in to the first song ("Bend Me, Shape Me") on our SOS set-list.

The first member of our eight-piece rock-'n'-soul band to pass-on from this life into the next, may a multitude of blessings and good chi accompany this Little Drummer Boy as he arrives "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (In The Garden Of Eden) . . .

Posted by: A. Joseph Wyse - Iowa City, IA - Fellow Member -- Syndrum Of Soul   Sep 22, 2015

I was one of the roady's that followed your dad and the SOS band when I was home from college. The band came to Davenport performed then stayed at my trailer.

Posted by: JL Stogdill D.C. - Pulaski, IA - Friend   Sep 22, 2015

I worked for Rick at Harper's Plantation for 12 years. Dusty, I know you won't remember me, but I remember you. Your Father would bring you in to visit us when he had you. We all looked forward to your visits. You were such a sweet, cute little girl. we could just see the pride & love in your father's eyes when you were with him. He loved you so very much. I know you will miss him very much. I am so sorry for your loss! Sincerely, Nancy Byrn

Posted by: NANCY (Proctor) Byrn - Queen City, MO - former employee & friend   Sep 22, 2015

So glad we got to know you, really enjoyed visiting with you at the football games, who would of thought that the Lamoni game would have be our last, I know you will be watching. Prayers and strength to your family. RIP Rick

Posted by: Frank and Deb Ollinger    Sep 22, 2015