Harold Eugene Harper

After enduring long years of pain, Harold "Bud" Harper went peacefully home with our Lord in heaven on Wednesday, July 14, 2010.

Bud is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Betty Harper, who was always at his side; his mother, Mildred Harper; a brother, Dan O'Malley of Oregon; three children, Sybil Clark (David) of Laughlin, Nev., Clifford Harper (Chris) of Kingman, and Sandy Averett (Marcus) of Kingman. He was very close to his 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Bud was predeceased by his father, Clifford Harper.

Bud was 66 years old, born Aug. 19, 1943, in Chula Vista, Calif. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for the union for half of his life. The other half he enjoyed fishing and swap meets. He always knew a good bargain. Bud always enjoyed life. He loved the outdoors; he was outside more than inside. He would drive miles to a good fishing hole and sit there all day just to catch a fish. He never needed much, because he never had much, but he didn't care. He knew how to survive and be happy with what he had.

The family wants to thank Debbie and Danielle and the Desert Highlands Care Center, and Andrea of New Hope Hospice for their loving care.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20, with the funeral service at 11 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave. A celebration of life for family and friends will follow.