The Obit For James Harper

James A. Harper

Published in Morning Call on November 9, 2011

James A. Harper, 80, of Allentown, died November 8, 2011, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Twp. He was the husband of Doris J. (Bachman) Harper, for the past 58 years. Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Earle C. and Martha (Gangloff) Harper.

James was an assembler at Exide Battery, Allentown for 33 years until his retirement. He then was a custodian at the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown. He was an Army veteran serving in Korea and attended Zion's Reformed United Church of Christ, Allentown.

James played minor league baseball in the St. Louis Browns (Baltimore Orioles) organization. He coached youth baseball at the Allentown Patriots and was the recipient of the George "Bucky" Boyle and the Allentown Patriots "Workhorse of the Year" awards for his community service.

Survivors: His loving wife, Doris; children, James R., and his wife, Barbara, Gail A. Welty, and Thomas M., and his wife, Caroline; grandchildren, James M., Lori, Peter, Zachary and Mackenzie; great-grandchildren, Autumn, Evan and Owen; sister, Betty Cocca.

Services: Saturday 10 a.m. at Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 17 and Hamilton Streets, Allentown. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Hanover Twp. Family and friends may call Friday 7 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown, 720 N. 6 Street, Allentown, PA 18102. Please put for James A. Harper Scholarship Fund in the memo.