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Richard Earl Harp

February 19, 1937 ~ February 18, 2019 (age 81)

Richard Earl Harp, Sr., was born to Gladys and Alvin Harp on February 19, 1937, on the Osage Indian Reservation in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.  He passed away at home in Humboldt, Tennessee on February 18, 2019.  He was the 8th of 13 children, and was preceded in death by his parents and 10 siblings.

Rich is survived by his wife of 46 years, LaVonne Harp, and five children:  Bill (Chris) Hubbard of Arizona, Denni (Moira) Harp of California, Cindy (Ken) Kimura of California, Rick (Sandy) Harp of Montana, and Randall (Stacy) Harp of Tennessee.  He has four grandchildren: Chad (Ali) Hasenkrug of Montana, Tyler (Kally) Hasenkrug of Montana, Rachelle (Dustin) Rebich of North Dakota, and Candice (Trent John) Harp of North Dakota.  He also has two great-grandchildren, Zoey and Milo of Montana.

Rich proudly served his country for 34 years which included active and reserve duties in the Coast Guard, Air Force, Navy and Army.  He had an entrepreneurial spirit and was not adverse to taking risks.  Besides his military career, he also worked for the FAA, the Department of Homeland Security, and had a multitude of occupations including fireman, truck driver, electronics technician and computer store owner. His pastimes included playing music, singing, theater and writing. His love of flying led him to become a pilot, instructor and mechanic, as well as an airport manager.

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return.” (Leonardo da Vinci)

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Services will be held Friday, February 22, 2019, at Central Avenue Christian Church, Humboldt, Tennessee, with visitation at 1:00 PM and a memorial service at 2:00 PM.

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