Bryan Ira "Bud" Harper, the son of Ambert "Bert" and Laura (Varner) Harper was born May 27, 1939, in Fairview, Mont. He died unexpectedly on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at the age of 75 in his home at the Haaland Estates in Rugby.
Bud was raised in the home of his parents in Rugby and graduated from high school there with the class of 1957. He was united in marriage to Dalys Halvorson on June 12, 1960, at Bethel Lutheran Church near Rugby. A member of the North Dakota National Guard, Bud was activated into the U.S. Army on Oct. 15, 1961, and honorably discharged on Aug. 9, 1962. With the exception of a year living in Watertown, S.D., Bud and Dalys made their home and raised their family in Rugby. Following the sudden death of his father in 1963, Bud partnered with his brother Gil, taking over the management of Rugby Mobile Service, the family business. In 1975, he sold his partnership to Gil and started Harper Motors Plymouth dealership. After selling the dealership, he served as general manager of M.J. McGuire's Automotive until retiring. Bud passed on his passion for cars to his sons and daughter, as well as the importance of always having a clean vehicle.
Not being able to be idle in his retirement years, Bud worked at the Haaland Home as groundskeeper and most recently at Rugby Hardware Hank where he was known as "the paint guy."
He was a member of First Lutheran Church, the Clarence Larson American Legion Post # 23, the Eagles, all of Rugby and a life member of the Rugby Volunteer Fire Department.
Those who knew him will remember him as a practical joker, always trying to tease them into laughter. He enjoyed woodworking, making stained glass pieces, music, having the best groomed yard on the block and had a keen knack for whistling, which somehow passed down the generations. Dalys died Jan. 13, 2011.
Bud is survived by: one daughter, Kristin (Spencer) Hoover, of Minot; three sons, Marcus (Chuck Jorgenson) of Browns Point, Wash., Todd, of Canonsburg, Pa., and Patrick (Shelia) of Woodbury, Minn.; grandchildren, Sofia and Noah Harper-Jorgenson, Alex (Amanda) Harper, Sydney Harper, Morgan and Kyle Schmaltz; great-granddaughter, Payton Harper; brothers, Gil (Sheila) of Rugby and Guy (Lynn) of Jamestown; sister-in-law, Sandra Harper, of Savannah, Ill.; nieces, nephews, in-laws, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by: his wife; one brother, Mike; and his parents.
Funeral services will be held: Friday, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, in Rugby. Pastor Mike Pretzer, officiate.
Burial: Persilla Watts Cemetery, Rugby.
Visitation will be: Today, Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a time of sharing of memories and prayers at 7 p.m., in the Anderson Funeral Home, Rugby, and will continue on Friday for one hour prior to the time of services at the church.
Military Honors accorded by: The Clarence Larson American Legion Post # 23 Honor & Color Guard and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Detail.
Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: (www.funeralsbyanderson.com).