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CARROLLTON – Richard Alan Harp, 62, died Saturday, December 9, 2023 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri.
He was born on June 13, 1961 in Jacksonville, Illinois and was the son of Richard Merle and Dolores (Lynn) Harp.
He was a 1979 graduate of North Greene High School, and went on to further his education at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
He married the former Yvonne Hunter on October 19, 1993 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In good times and in bad, were vows that they took 30 years ago, and they remained true to those vows no matter what life threw their way. Their marriage was certainly blessed in countless ways, and together they have shared in some of the greatest memories with their family and friends. Their time together was also faced with many heartaches, as well, and it was in those moments that their love for one another truly shined.
Rich’s greatest joys were spending time outdoors and spending time with others. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and of course, golfing.
For the past 35 years, he has owned and operated Lone Oak Golf Course in Carrollton, where he was honored to receive the title of “Best Steak in Illinois” from the Illinois Beef Association. Naturally, the course and the food drew people to Lone Oak, but it was Rich’s personality, his sense of humor and his infectious laugh that kept people coming back time and time again. Rich had a way of drawing you in, and once you met him, you knew that you had a friend for life.
The world was truly a better place because Richard Harp was a part of it, and his passing will leave an unfillable void in the hearts of his many friends, his community and his family.
Surviving are his wife, Yvonne Harp of Carrollton; his mother, Dolores Harp of Roodhouse; three children, Chelsey Barnes and her companion, Aaron Witt of Carrollton, Leighton Harp of Titusville, Florida and Tabitha Alexander and her fiance, Nathan Long, of Roodhouse; six grandchildren, Jordan, Jace, Roarie, Ryleigh, Chesney and Zander; three sisters, Lyn Anne (James) Ballard of White Hall, Beth (Charles) Huffines of Roodhouse and Dixie Harp (Don Burton) of White Hall; his mother in-law, Doris Thompson of Carrollton; his loyal canine buddy, Bentley; along with a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Merle Harp; a granddaughter, Chloe JoLynn Murphy; a grandson, Zeke Owen Alexander; a brother, Randy Harp; four nephews, TJ Huffines, Kerr Ballard, Josh Talley and Mason Daugherty; two nieces, Beth Talley and Mya Daugherty; as well as his father’s in-law, Joseph Hunter and Raymond Thompson.
Visitation will be held from 4 until time of Masonic Services at 7:45 p.m., Monday, December 18, 2023 at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Tuesday at Rich’s beloved Lone Oak Golf Course in Carrollton.
Burial will follow at the Manchester Cemetery in Manchester.
Memorials may be given to Chloe Foundation, in honor of Rich’s late granddaughter; or to Lone Oak Golf Course, to allow for the continued support of local charities, that Rich passionately supported throughout the years.
Memories may be shared with the family by visiting www.crawfordfunerals.com