Terry Lynn Harper
1952 – 2020
Terry Harper, 68, died on December 11, 2020 at Hospice House in Omaha following a brief illness.
He was raised in Scribner, NE, the son of Albert and Bethel (Lindsey) Harper. He is a 1970 graduate of Scribner High School, and a 1974 graduate of Chadron State College, where he majored in business administration and minored in math. He moved to Omaha in 1974 to work for Northwestern Bell, and subsequently US West and Qwest Communications. Later, he worked for Wiese Research Associates/WRG, before retiring in 2019.
He married Jean Torkelson in 1979 at Hudson Lutheran Church in Hudson, SD. Together they had one son, Aaron.
Terry was always active, and he had a wide range of interests. He enjoyed playing and watching many sports, rooting most for Husker football, the Green Bay Packers, and the New York Yankees. He would stop for any John Wayne movie he came across. He enjoyed working on home improvement projects. He loved his hometown of Scribner. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Millard. And above all he was devoted to his family, especially doting on his granddaughter, Marion.
He was preceded in death by parents Albert and Bethel. He leaves his wife of 41 years, Jean (Torkelson) Harper; his son and daughter-in-law, Aaron and Elaine (Robertson) Harper, Wheeling, WV; granddaughter, Marion Bethel Harper; two brothers and their wives, Wendell and Sharon Harper, Harlingen, TX and Richard and Kristin Harper, Omaha, NE; two sisters, Connie Gillis of Valley, NE and Roxanne Betts of Fremont, NE; sister-in-law, Nathalie Torkelson of Sioux Falls, SD; many nieces and nephews.
A private family visitation will be followed by burial at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in Omaha, NE.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Ronald McDonald House Charities.