Robert Cruse Harper, 92, of Sun City, AZ died on March 2, 2021.
He was born at his home on April 6, 1928 to Alan Herbert and Amelia [Cruse] Harpist. Robert attended North Platte High School and graduated in 1946. After high school, he proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged in the rank of Leading Seaman (S1Y0).
He worked for many years as a locomotive engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad until his retirement. Robert loved to fly his own plane and enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, hunting and scuba diving. He frequented his fishing camps in Canada and his place in Show Low, AZ during the summers.
Robert is survived by his daughter, Carlene Russell; her son Bob Harper (Kathy Verdino), four grandchildren, Rob Harper, April Ascheman (Chuck), Steven Russell (Rachel) and David Russell (Ashley); her great-grandchildren, Shannon Harper, Valerie Harper, Desiree Harper, Ava Ascheman, Logan Ascheman, Jazdia Ascheman, Marie Ascheman, Azura Parsons, Zoey Russell, Tessa Russell and Hannah Russell, as well as her great-great-grandson , Cooper Enyert, and another on the way.
Robert is also survived by many nieces and nephews. His parents died before him; four brothers: Alan, Ed, Chris and Leonard; daughter Beverly; his grandson Jason Harper and his wife Beulah.
He will be buried in Fort. McPherson 9:30 am June 8, 2021. Following the ceremony, there will be a rally at the North Platte Eagles Club.
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