Kenneth Harper

Kenneth Harper

Saturday, June 20th, 2020
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Kenneth Lee Harper, of Roanoke, our precious love left us at sunset for his Heaven ascension on June 20, 2020 due to a pulmonary embolus secondary to a femur fracture.

He leaves behind in his legacy, his adoring wife, Melissa Ratcliff Harper; his children, Tamara, Kara (Chris) Gibson and Mandy (Adam) Reed; six beautiful grandchildren (Danielle, Delcie, Alayna, Mia, Gabriella and Trent). He is also survived by his father Ronnie, his brother Tim (Pat), his sister Cindy (Jeff), father and mother-in- law (Martin and Martha), numerous nieces and nephews (he loved as his own), many cousins, aunts, uncles, brother and sister-in-laws (Jen, Larry, Melanie, Mont, Tori, Allen) and extended family and friends, all whom he loved fiercely. He was preceded in death by his sweet mother and mother in law (Joyce and Sheila) whom he has now joined on Heaven’s shores.

Kenny was a true exemplar doing God’s work every day here on Earth for friends, family, community agencies, Roanoke EMS and even strangers. He is a life member of Roanoke EMS, having served his community for 35 years, most recently as President/CEO. He was currently employed as a Medical Communications Specialist. He was a lifetime member of East End Baptist Church (Connection Community Church).

To know Kenny was to love him. He was passionate about his “beautiful crazy,” family, work, catering cooking, baking and music from Elvis to Crawford and Power. He was an avid world traveler who enjoyed exploring new places. He loved the beach, his dad, his girls, his grandbabies, his John Deere tractor (even with a fractured femur, he asked to mow the lawn), his wife’s “weeds,” friends, neighbors, his “nests,” his REMS “blankie,” giving, helping others, wood working, collecting treasures (“junk,” tools screws, pool tables, quarters and anything shiny found on the road), audio books, EMS, Christmas and decorating, buying his wife flowers, “Galavants Harper,” shorts, t-shirts, blue jeans, sunsets, rainbows, “collecting friends,” and his God. Kenny proved chivalry was not a lost art. He left a void that will never be filled again until we are all reunited in Heaven.

Our family is forever indebted to all who worked valiantly to try to save his life and to those who supported his walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death (the love of his life, RFEMS, dear family and friends, CRMH ED (staff, physicians and Mike McKenna), CRMH CSICU (RT, nurses, staff, ECMO team, Dr. Joseph, ACPs), PD, Chaplain Services and David Fox.
In his usual giving tradition, he offered the gift of life.

Visitation will be conducted from 5:30-8:30 pm on Monday, June 22, 2020 at Oakey’s Downtown Chapel. Funeral services will be held at East Gate Church of the Nazarene at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 with Pastor Shannon Harris.
Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Roanoke EMS, The Least of These Ministry or TAP Domestic Violence Services.

EOW 20:50, 6/20/2020, “Harper, MEDCOM and Roanoke EMS.”

Online condolences may be made at www.oakeys.com.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, June 22nd, 2020 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Monday, June 22nd, 2020 5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Oakey's Roanoke Chapel
    318 W. Church Ave SW
    Roanoke, VA 24016
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Church Service

    Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 2:00pm
    East Gate Church of the Nazarene
    2002 East Gate Ave NE
    Roanoke, VA 24012
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Shannon Harris


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Gene & Donna Beard

Posted at 09:46am
So sorry for your loss, you and your family are in our prayers we know the void left by Kenny's passing will never be filled. May God be with you during this time and comfort your family and guide you through this time of grief.

June Beasley

Posted at 09:05am

Memories last forever so hold on to those and remember he will still be with you day in and day out.
Many care about Kenny and his family and they always will just know you all are in our thoughts.

Randy & June Beasley

Spence Robertson

Posted at 08:23am
I am so sorry for your loss of your dear husband and friend. His loss leaves a void that all the water in the oceans could not fill. I first met Kenny 24 years ago. He was a great father, grandfather and friend to many. Kenny and I spent time together travelling to Richmond every two weeks. We had many great laughs and we able to relate to each other while both of us were going through a marriage break up.. Kenny had met you during these times and I knew how much he cared for you. You were fortunate to have that care that care and love while he was with you. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.

Chuck Cook

Posted at 08:13am
Sorry for your loss. Prayers for the Family and Friends.

Leslie Ditocco

Posted at 08:55pm
Loved having neighborhood cookouts at his house. He and Melissa were so hospitable. They always kept an eye on the neighborhood. He made the neighborhood feel more like family. He will be missed!! ❤️🙏🏼 The DiTocco Family

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