John Preston Harper, age 47, passed away suddenly on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Mayo Clinic, St. Marys Hospital in Rochester Minnesota after suffering a stroke.
John’s Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Chapelstreet Church, Keslinger Campus in Geneva, IL at 10:30 a.m. Celebration of Life attire is very casual, and shorts and t-shirts are highly encouraged (especially Cargo shorts!).
John was born on April 1, 1971 to James and Judith Harper in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up there, along with his three siblings, until moving to Sugar Grove, IL in 1985. In 1992, John married Karen Erickson, in Red Wing, MN
John’s first and greatest love was Jesus Christ, and because of that love, John reflected the same love to every person around him. John lived to serve others, always making sure everyone else’s needs were met before his own. Though John was quiet and a man a few words, the effect that his gentle and compassionate heart had on others spoke volumes. John, Director of Facilities and IT at Chapelstreet Church, was loved by so many people across the globe and he will be greatly missed by all his family, friends, and colleagues. John has “fought the good fight, [he] has finished the race, [he] has kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7.
John is survived by his wife Karen and his two adult children (both United States Navy Sailors) Andrew and Marcus Harper. He is also survived by his parents, James and Judy Harper; siblings James (Tina) Harper III; Jana (Dwight) Polivka; Jennifer (Patrick) Yonke; father and mother in law, Dave and Jan Erickson; sister-in-law Laura (Scott) Lutjen; brother-in-law Mark Erickson, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews.
John was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Preston and Daphene Miller; paternal grandparents James Sr. and Jeanne Harper; great Aunts, Patricia Dunn and Sara Butler; nephew James Nathanael Polivka.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Kim McCart Missions Fund at Chapelstreet Church.
“You don’t get to go home early until you get it right. John got it right.” – Uncle Jeff Harper