Dewane Harper

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Dewane Harper, 81, of Freeburg, IL, born January 29, 1939, in Pocahontas, AR, died Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at his residence.

Dewane was an avid buckskinner and a devoted family man.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Janice, nee Garland, Harper, whom he married on April 27, 1963, and who died on September 13, 2017; his parents, Calvin and Minnie Pearl, nee Williams, Harper; two sisters, Bell Hosey and Polly Williams; and a brother, Ronald Dean Harper, in infancy.

Surviving are his children, Darla Lynn (Robert) Schutzenhofer, and Randy Dewane (Janelle) Harper;
five grandchildren, Jacob Kurtis (Anastasia) Harper,
Miranda Lynn Harper, Jesse Law Ransom Harper,
Ethan Wyatt Schutzenhofer, and Nathan James Schutzenhofer;
two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Iris Harper;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  Private family services were held.


4 Comments on Dewane Harper

Marilyn said : Guest Report May 31, 2020 at 12:30 PM

Deepest sympathy to the Harper family. I delivered Meals on Wheels with Cheryl part time& Dewane was one of our favorites! Such a very sweet man! Dewane Thanks for the Music&Memories So glad you are together with Janice again<3

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Cheryl said : Guest Report May 29, 2020 at 8:49 PM

My sympathies to your family. I was fortunate enough to visit Dwayne during meals on wheels deliveries. I called him my music man because he downloaded songs onto my flash drive. I will remember his kindness every time I listen. Dwayne’s at home with his savior Jesus Christ.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Joe Howard said : Guest Report May 22, 2020 at 6:40 PM

My deepest sympathies on your loss. I remember Dewane as something of a sage in Jr. High and High School. He didn't say much, but when he did speak, it was always something clever or funny and to the point. I hadn't seen him in many years but I remember him well. He was one of the "good guys", and I feel privileged to have known him and to call him my friend.

  • Nocona
  • TX
Joyce and Kim Coughlin said : Guest Report May 21, 2020 at 7:24 PM

Darla and Randy, I want send my condolences to all of you. Many prayers and hugs.

  • Freeburg
  • Il

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