James F. Harpster
James F. Harpster, grandfather, father, husband, brother and friend, peacefully passed from this world into the next on Aug. 25, 2013. Jim recently converted and embraced the Catholic faith. He was born on June 14, 1937, one of seven children, on a rural farm in Missouri and that farm developed into Harpster & son Black Angus.
He served his country, in times of war and peace, serving four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and 22 years in the U.S. Air Force. After military retirement, Jim chose a new career in antiques and was an expert in restoration and repair of clocks and now time has run out for “The Clock Mender.”
His greatest achievement in life was never any possessions he acquired, it was his ability to care and provide for his family and many others.
He leaves behind his beloved grandsons, Cassidy James of Jacksonville, Fla., and Addison Caley of Portland, Ore.; wife, Patricia Ann of Valparaiso, Fla.; son, Brian John of San Francisco, Calif.; daughters, Regina Marie of Seattle, Wash., Jamie Lee of Portland, Ore., and Mary Catherine of Santa Rosa Beach; brothers, Robert, Charles and Kenny; and sisters, Mary and Joanne, all of Missouri.
Many thanks to the Covenant Hospice Team, especially his special angel, CNA, Sindal, who always brought a smile to his face.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300 Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Graveside services, with full military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 29 at Sunset Cemetery in Valparaiso, officiating U.S. Air Force Catholic Chaplain.
Semper Fi Jim.
Heritage Gardens Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.