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Leslie L. "Duke" Harper

• Oct 29, 2015 at 11:34 AM

Dec. 16, 1931 — May 20, 2007

NORWALK Leslie L. "Duke" Harper, 75, of Norwalk, died Sunday afternoon at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk after a lengthy illness.

He was born Dec. 16, 1931 in Garrett, Ind. and graduated from Garrett High School.

He was a member of the Special Forces in the United States Army and was a member of the Iron Dukes Basketball Team that played throughout Europe. Duke was an avid fan of all sports, favoring the Yankees. He was a Lieutenant for the Huron County Sheriff Department and was an investigator for the Huron County Prosecutor. He retired from Tenneco Automotive of Milan. He was a member of the Norwalk American Legion 547, Life member with the Norwalk V.F.W. Post 2743 and a member of the Norwalk First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marjorie; daughters, Mrs. Clinton (Leslie) Campbell of Norwalk, Sherrie Harper of Wilmington, N.C., Mrs. Steven (Monica) Wooten of Orlando, Fla., Melanie Harper of Carlsbad, Calif., Mrs. James (Melissa) Spettle of Norwalk and Melinda Harper of Norwalk; a brother, Lavon Harper of Lima; sisters, Mrs. Charles (Charolette) Myles of Columbus and Pam Hunter of Delaware; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; Uncle and Aunt Royal and Martha Doster of Willard; aunts, Mabel Andrews of Garrett, Ind. and Shirley Miller of Columbus; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother Charity Ann Harris; father, Foster Harper; a sister, Wilma Harris; and an Uncle Alfonzo Doster.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main St., Norwalk. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church, 60 W. Main St., Norwalk. The Rev. Edna Stahl will officiate. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Fisher-Titus Cancer Center, 272 Benedict Ave., Norwalk, Ohio, 44857 or the First United Methodist Church.