Leo Paul Harp was born May 16, 1942 in Mora, Minn. to Merton and Leola (Hass) Harp. He was raised in Ogilvie and graduated from Ogilvie High School in 1961. After high school he worked at Dahlman’s in Braham. On June 18, 1965 Leo married Harriet VanGunst at Ogilvie Christian Reformed Church. They made their home in Mora for five years before moving to Braham. In 2004 Leo and Harriet moved to Cambridge. Leo worked as a welder at Arrow Tank and later at Schlagel Inc. in Cambridge. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Leo loved reading, watching birds and watching sports on TV. He was also an active church member, serving on the boards of Ogilvie Christian Reformed Church and most recently at Common Ground United Methodist Community in Cambridge.
Leo will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Harriet; one son, Larry (Julie) Harp of Mora; three grandchildren, Lacey, Lyndsey and Maekaela; one sister, Arlene Straight of Apple Valley; three sisters-in-law, Bertha Roelofs of Mora, Jeanette DeYoung of Ogilvie, and Johanna VanGunst of Inver Grove Heights; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Sandra, and a sister, Sharoan Verlennich.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at Common Ground United Methodist Community in Cambridge with Rev. Jean Rollin officiating. A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel and also one hour prior to the funeral Wednesday at the church. Rev. Bob DeYoung will serve as soloist and Dorcie Larson as organist. Honorary pallbearers are Leo’s three granddaughters, Lacey, Lyndsey and Maekaela Harp. Pallbearers are Bob DeYoung, Clifford DeYoung, Wally DeYoung, Jeff DeYoung, Kevin Roelofs and Ivan VanGunst. Interment is in Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie.