Ken Harper 1931-2015

Ken Harper 1931-2015


Kenneth “Ken” Henry Harper, 84, passed away at his home in New Braunfels, Texas, on June 11, 2015.

He was born June 2, 1931, near Benkelman, Neb., to Lewis and Goldie (nee Maranville) Harper on their farm.

From the age of 4 he grew up in Longmont, Colo., with his sister Betty Jean (Jensen, deceased), playing “the love of his life,” base­ball. He lettered at Longmont High School and graduated 1949. He at­tended Colorado State University to play baseball.

After graduating in 1954 and teaching science and sports for a year, he met the “second love of his life,” Alberta L. Swartz. They were united in marriage in 1955 at St. James Catholic Church in Wet­more.

The other loves of his life were Kim Henry (wife Ellen, children Ian and Evelyn), Rebecca Kay, de­ceased (husband Dale Bucher, de­ceased, child Louis Acquisto, hus­band Mark Acquisto, deceased, child Stella), Bridget Marie Harper (children Curtis and Kendra Daw­son), Patrice Lynn (husband Robert Faust, children Eva and John), and ward nieces Gretchen Gantz, Theresa Gantz and nephew Doug­las Gantz.

Ken taught elementary physical education for 34 years, teaching his love of sports at F.P. Calliet ele­mentary in Dallas, Texas. Ken also shared his love of the political process by being voted the local Irving Republican precinct chair­man in Irving, Texas, for 26 years. He was also involved in introduc­ing the love of soccer to the Irving, Texas, area in the early to late ‘70s as a coach of the Irving girls soccer team, the Apollos, and the Irving High School Tigers soccer team.

Ken also shared his love of God and church as a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus in the Catholic Churches he and Alberta attended.

Ken is remembered as a quiet man who loved God, his family, his friends, never knew a stranger and loved baseball.

The family wishes to thank the New Braunfels fire department and EMTs for their kind services.

A Holy Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 20 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catho­lic Church in New Braunfels, Texas, followed by a Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. All services will end at the conclusion of the Funeral Mass.

In lieu of flowers, please sup­port, in Ken’s name, a local Alz­heimer’s organization or Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church New Braunfels, Texas. Online con­dolences may be sent to


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