Scottie Clinton Harper, age 85, of Mattoon, passed away at 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Willowbrook Assisted Living in Effingham, IL.
Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Zion Hill Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with Masonic Rites beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home.
Scottie was born on October 30, 1928 in Mattoon the son of Emmett and Nancy (Elliot) Harper. He married Thelma Rose Fuller on August 30, 1952. After 39 years of marriage, his loving wife preceded him in death on March 1, 1992.
Survivors include his son, Greg Harper and significant other Madonna Morell of Effingham, IL; daughter, Sherri Harper of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Jennifer and Laura; great grandchildren, Ryleigh, Trenton and Olivia; three brothers. Scottie was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Harper; parents, Emmett and Nancy Harper; sister, Evelyn; brother, Jim.
Scottie served honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War. After returning from the war, Scottie worked for several years at International Harvester in Mattoon. Eventually, he started his own business and was the owner and operator of Scottie’s Farm Tractor Repair. Most days you could find Scottie talking with the local farmers. He was a member of many local organizations. Scottie was talented at building guns, collecting coins and working on farm machinery. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed John Wayne movies. Most of all, Scottie loved spending time with his family.
Memorial donations in his honor may be given to American Cancer Society.
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