LOUIS E. HARPER SR. BROOKLYN, Conn. and PALMYRA – Louis E. Harper Sr. passed on to be with God on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Pierce Memorial Baptist Home in Brooklyn, Conn. Lou was born on May 10, 1919, the son of the late Ezekiel W. and Alice (Athern) Harper of Pomeroy, Ohio, where he graduated in 1937 from Pomeroy High. Lou received an associate degree in Accounting from Ohio University, then joined the Army Air Corps later to become first lieutenant. in the U.S. Army as Anti-Aircraft Artillery Officer, fighting in such battles as the Battle of the Bulge, aiding the country of Belgium. The 784th Battalion then went on to guard the airport in Munich, where he met and married, in 1946, an Army nurse, Eunice Millett, who died in January of this year. Lou and Eunice made their home from 1946 to 2007 in Palmyra. Lou worked eight years for International Harvester then 10 years for Edwards Company in Pittsfield, retiring after 20 years with the State of Maine, Bureau of Taxation as an auditor. He also did income taxes for many of the residents of the area. His hobby of restoring antique caned chairs led him, in his retirement, to teach many others the art of caning. He and Eunice traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe seeing every country and all but two states. Lou was a 32nd Degree Mason for over 50 years. Lou is survived by a daughter and her husband, Janet and Larry Morrissette of Hallowell; and his son and his wife, the Rev. Lou and Susan Harper of Griswold, Conn. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his only brother, Ralph. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to go to the Memorial Fund at First Congregational Church of Griswold, 878 Voluntown Road, Griswold, CT 06351. A graveside service with military honors will be at Palmyra Village Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Oct. 4. Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home in Connecticut and Brown’s Funeral Home in Newport are in charge of arrangements.