In memoriam: Funeral notice, August 22, 2021 | Obituary

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HARPER, Dale Edward Jr.,

On the evening of August 13, 2021, Dale passed away peacefully in Tucson, Arizona from Alzheimer’s disease. Dale was born in Colorado Springs, CO. He was the second son of Ruth Gordon and Dale Harper, Sr.

Dale graduated from Kansas State University with a double degree in biology and psychology. He joined the military during the Korean conflict and served in the MASH unit in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He went to work for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs which later became known as the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). As an agent and holder of a commercial instrument pilot’s license, has carried out numerous surveillance missions. He was an expert on LSD labs and testified in numerous trials in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. Pursuing his goals as an investigator, Dale became a Criminal Investigator for the FAA Western Region Los Angeles. The last assignment was transferred to Tucson with the US Customs Air Support Branch DMAFB. After his retirement, Dale became a private investigator. Dale is now in the sky at the controls of his beloved Cessna 140A or behind the wheel of his ’66 Mustang.

Dale was predeceased by his parents, Colonel Dale E. Harper, Sr. (US Army Attaché, retired) and Ruth Gordon Harper, Sheridan, WY; brother, Karl Harper, Laramie, WY; Aunt, General Margaret Harper, (US Army Ret) San Antonio, TX; niece, Heather Harper, Laramie, WY; sister-in-law / brother-in-law, Peggy (Rick) Rosner Sand City, CA; stepmother, Charlotte Minor, US Army Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA, CDR Warner Minor (US Navy, Ret) VA.

Survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters, Tora and Darci; grandchildren, Emilie and Santino; sister-in-law, Tora Isi San Rafael, California; nieces, Barbi (Arthur) San Rafael, CA, Cindi (Matt) United Kingdom, Karlyn Denver, CO; nephews, Angelo Salinas, CA, David, Los Angeles, CA, Donald, Boston, MA, Peter, San Diego, CA; cousins, John, Elina, Dimitri Harper, Bend, OR, Jim, Betty Harper Littleton, CO; Norma Newman, Clifton, NJ, Joan Neglio, Bronx, NY, Chris Christensen, Fortuna, CA, Paul Christensen, Arcata, CA. Many thanks for the care and well-being of Dale by the caregiver, Tami Diaz. The plans are one for a private family service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME.


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