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David S Harper Sr


David S. Harper, Sr. age 83, of Wayne, NJ died Saturday, April 9, 2011 in Charlotte, NC.
He was born and raised in Paterson, NJ, having lived in Butler, Totowa, & Haledon, NJ; Deer Park, Long Island, NY and East Stroudsburg, PA before moving to Wayne fifteen years ago.
David attended Central High School, in Paterson, NJ. He enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17. He served from 1944 through 1952 having spent the last six years of his service in the Navy Reserves. He served aboard the USS Intrepid as a Petty Officer and was in charge of the Fire Room. He received the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a member of the American Legion, the Navy League and the VFW for many years.
Upon leaving the Navy he got his GED (Government Equivalency Diploma) and went on to Paterson State Teachers College to further his education.
He was a member of St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pompton Lakes, NJ.
David is best described as a “tell it like it is” person who enjoyed life to the fullest. He enjoyed driving pretty much anything he could get his hands on which included buses, trucks, cars and planes. At the age of 60 he got his pilots license and bought himself a plane. Other favorite pastimes included being on the bowling league, playing pool and tennis, going to the race track and spending time with his family and friends.
He was predeceased by his wife Waneta Wenham Harper, who passed away in August 1983, after 36 years of marriage; and Jean Harper, who passed away in 2001, after 17 years of marriage. He was the loving father of Waneta Harper Musaeus and her husband Henry of Newton, NC;   Patricia Harper Mocker of East Quogue, Long Island, NY; David Harper Jr. of Wayne, NJ; Daniel Harper Sr. of Wayne, NJ and the late Dean Harper, who passed away in 2006. He was also the cherished grandfather of nine grandchildren: Patricia Mocker Freshwater, Christina Musaeus Hovis, Rebecca Musaeus Burriesci, Debra Mocker Holzman, Judith Ann Harper DeFalco, Waneta Musaeus-Healey, Leah Musaeus, Melanie Harper and Daniel Harper Jr.   There are also twelve great-grandchildren: Grace Hovis, Elonzo Musaeus, Julian Musaeus, Rachel Hovis, Lily Musaeus, Chad Holzman, Christopher Freshwater, Darius Musaeus - Healey, Leon Musaeus, Ava Burriesci, Emily Freshwater, and Brandon Holzman. He was the loved brother of Nancy Harper of Hackensack,NJ, Charles Harper of Whitehouse, NJ, several nieces and nephews, and his late sisters Joan Mendillo and Kathleen Palm.
Friends and Family Visitation is from 1-4 PM with a funeral service to follow at 4 PM on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, NJ.
He will later be cremated and buried with his first wife, Waneta Wenham Harper at George Washington Cemetery in Paramus, NJ.
In lieu of flowers please send memorial donations to:

The Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf,
40 Frost Mill Rd, Mill Neck, NY 11765-1102. 
(800) 264-8622
St. Jude Children's Hospital

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RIP Uncle Dave you will be missed greatly!!

Bob & Doris Neil


Deer Park will miss you.

Don Cotrone


my heart goes out to this family, i worked with Christina Hovis(granddaughter) this is a wonderful family. i pray for God's comfort and healing in this time of need

shandel smith


We are sorry to hear of your loss, The blessing is that he will always remain in our hearts.

Sam & Vicki Green


My deepest feelings for your loss. Dave was a friend for many decades and left memories in my life that will be always cherished as we mourn his loss and celebrate his life. Thank God for those memories of shared happy times and for friends to share a tear in sad times. Dave was such a friend. <

Rev. George Morgan

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