Obituary of Dale Edward Harper
On the evening of August 13, 2021, Dale passed away peacefully in Tucson, AZ as a result of Alzheimers 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 dual degrees in biology and psychology. He joined the Army during the Korean conflict and served in the MASH unit at San Juan, Puerto Rico. He went to work for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs which later became known as Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). As an agent and holding commercial-instrument pilot certificates, flew on many survelliance missions. He was an expert on LSD labs and testified at many trials in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. Continuing his goals as an investigator, Dale became a crimminal investigator for the FAA Western Region Los Angeles. Last assignment was transferred to Tucson with the U S Customs Air Support Branch DMAFB. After retirement Dale became a private investigator. Dale is now in the skies flying his beloved Cessna 140A or driving his ’66 Mustang.
Dale was preceded in death by parents COL Dale E. Harper, Sr. (US Army Attache’, Ret) and Ruth Gordon Harper, Sheridan WY; brother Karl Harper, Laramie WY, aunt GEN Margaret Harper, (US Army Ret) San Antonio TX; niece Heather Harper, Laramie WY; sister/brother-in-law Peggy, Rick Rosner Sand City CA; mother-in-law Charlotte Minor, US Army Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA, CDR Warner Minor (US Navy, Ret) VA
Survived by wife Barbara, daughters Tora and Darci, grandchildren Emilie and Santino. Sisterin-law Tora Isi San Rafael CA, neices Barbi (Arthur) San Rafael CA, Cindi (Matt) U.K., 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 caregiver Tami Diaz. Plans are a for a private family services. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Dale Harper, please visit Tribute Store