Richard "Rick" Carlton Harper


Craig resident Richard "Rick" Carlton Harper died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 46.

Harper was born July 2, 1956, in Shreveport, La., to Bud and Virginia (Saunders) Harper. He lived in Louisiana until his family moved to Salida, Colo., in 1964. Following that, he lived in Minturn and Glenwood Springs where he attended school.

He lived in Craig for 16 years and moved to Wyoming in 1992. He returned to Craig one year ago.

While in Wyoming, he met and married Stacy Lynn Heberling. They were married on Aug. 21, 1998, at Mirror Lake in the Snowy Mountain Range.

Harper had worked for the railroad as an engineer and for the last 20 years as a coal miner, being actively involved in mine rescue both at Empire and Shoshone mines.

He was working at Twentymile Coal Company at the time of his unexpected death.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, panning gold, playing guitar with his friends, and his son Andrew. He very much enjoyed being a father and a good husband.

Harper is survived by his wife, Stacy, of Craig; daughter, Amber (Michael) Wolery, of Greeley, Colo.; sons, Andrew (Cherri) Penman, of Fort Carson, Colo., and Matt Ferguson, of North Platte, Neb.; stepdaughter, Tonya Buckendorf, of Craig; grandchildren, Jacob and C.J. Penman; sisters, Karen (Robert) Pharis, of Cripple Creek, Colo., and Jannelle Kelley, of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Bruce (Carol) Harper, of Avon, Colo., father and mother-in-law, Don and Susan Heberling, of Hanna, Wyo.; sister-in-law, Carrie Baker, of Hanna, Wyo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were Feb. 6, 2003, at Grant Mortuary with Bruce Leon Harper and Bruce Loren Harper officiating.

Selections were "Tears in Heaven," "Southern Cross," "The Dad He Didn't Have To Be" and "Song for Susan."

Honorary pallbearers were all his many friends.

Memorial donations can be made to a fund to benefit his stepdaughter, Tonya, in care of Grant Mortuary or at Bank of Colorado.

Services concluded at the mortuary.

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