James M. Harp

Bethalto 09/08/2019

James M. Harp, 87, of Bethalto, passed away Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:20 pm at his home. 

He was born August 25, 1932, the youngest son of Earl and Ethel (Caywood) Harp.  On December 1, 1951 in Benton, IL James married Ruie Wilcox. 

James was a mold repairman for Owens Illinois for 32 years and later worked for Ball Icon for 8 years.  He enjoyed gardening and was an avid Bible reader. In his younger years, James would lend a helping hand for friends and neighbors with their home and building projects.

He is survived by his wife, Ruie Harp of Bethalto, IL; a daughter, Marsha Norris of Bethalto, IL; a grandson, Christopher Norris (Angie) of Fenton, MO; and 3 grandchildren, Tia, Lexi, and Hayden Norris.

James is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Paul, Leon, Earl, and Phillip Harp; fours sisters, Sylvia Mae Harp, Beatrice McGuire, Reba Rogers, and Betty Andrews; and a son-in-law, Mike Norris.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, September, 11, 2019 from 4:00 until 7:00 pm at the Elias Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto, IL

Services will take place on Thursday, Septmeber 12, 2019 at 10:00 am at the  Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Church

Online condolences and guest book may be found at

Obit Provided By:
Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home

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