Darwin Harper, 88

Darwin Gale Harper, 88, rural Wabash, died at 11:10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at Wellbrooke of Wabash. He was born Dec. 17, 1925 in Huntington County, to Max W. and Hazel (McCutcheon) Harper.

Darwin was a 1943 graduate of Huntington Township High School. He was a paratrooper in the US Army during WWII. He married Thelma McKinzie in Phoenix City, Ala. on Sept. 16, 1944.  He was a printing instructor at Heartland Career Center for 15 years, retiring in 1988, and also worked 20 years at Milliner Printing in Wabash. Darwin was a member of the LaFontaine Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed square dancing, fishing, camping, guns and shooting.  He was also a participant in the WWII Honor Flight Program.   

He is survived by his wife, Thelma L. Harper, Wabash; a daughter, Marcia (Terry) Knee, Urbana; two grandchildren, Shaun (Renee) Knee, Mentone, and Tiann D. (Bob) Aughinbaugh, Huntington; five great grandchildren, Alyssa Aughinbaugh and Kaitlin Aughinbaugh, both of Huntington, Hayden Knee, Wabash, Breanna Knee, Warsaw, and Ashley Renn, Wabash; and sister, Lois McClure, Huntington. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert and Jack Harper; granddaughter, Sheri Knee, and great-granddaughter, Christina Knee.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Rev. Larry Ray officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call from 4-7:30 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home, with a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m.

Preferred memorial is Wabash County Cancer Society.

The memorial guest book for Darwin may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Oct 17