Epiphany will remember Mr. Ronald Harp Jr. of Sterling, VA, on September 29 and 30. Ron died on September 21. There will be a visitation at the church (13515 Dulles Technology Dr., Herndon VA 20171) between 5 and 8 pm on Sept. 29. A funeral service for Ron will be at 10 am on Friday, September 30, also at the church. Burial is at 2pm on Sept. 30 at Quantico National Cemetery. Guests are asked to refrain from wearing any scents during the visitation or funeral service due to severe allergies of family members.
Below is Ron’s obituary as well as a reflection by Fr. Peter Frank on Ron’s death.
Ron Wayne Harp, Jr. 1961-2016
Ron Wayne Harp, Jr of Sterling, VA, was born in Montgomery, Alabama, June 27, 1961, and died on September 21, 2016. He is survived by his loving wife Joanne, his parents Ronald, Sr. and Betty Harp of Boca Raton, Florida, his brother Jerry and his wife Catherine Harp, his niece, Jenda, his sister, D’Anne Harp, and his ‘adopted’ daughter Sabrina Klay.
Ron grew up in Alabama, New York, and moved to Fairfax, Virginia where he began studying for a business degree in 1981 at George Mason University. In 1984, Ron joined the United States Air Force and served until July 26, 1991. He was stationed in Spain and Maine, but he fell in love with Virginia while serving at his last station in the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
After the Air Force Ron worked as a Computer Help Desk Operator. First he worked with Booz-Allen, then General Dynamics, and Creative Dynamics. He would always say he was on the 10-year plan to get his degree, which he completed in 2001. Most recently, he was a Computer Software Engineer & Developer with BAE for about 13 years.
Ron met his wife, Joanne, in 1997 and proposed on Thanksgiving Day of that year. The Harps were married in Boca Raton, Florida on January 24, 1998. Ron was a hardcore Redskins fan, although Joanne cheered for the Dolphins. Each year, Joanne and Ron would bet a dollar on the outcome of the Redskins – Dolphins game. The winner got the dollar, but also had to buy dinner at a restaurant of the loser’s choice at the end of the season.
Ron served as a leader at Church of the Epiphany Anglican in Herndon, VA. At Epiphany, Ron was a member of the vestry from 2012-2014 and Junior Warden in 2013. Ron also led the reorganization of Epiphany’s benevolence ministry and pioneered Epiphany’s online video streaming of worship services and other events.
A visitation will be on Thursday, September 29 from 5pm to 8pm at Church of the Epiphany, Anglican. 13515 Dulles Technology Drive, Suite 1, Herndon, VA 20171
The Funeral Services will be on Friday, September 30 at 10:00 am at the same location. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Purple Heart Foundation or to The Disabled Veterans of America. The Burial will be at Quantico National Cemetery at 2:00 pm on Sept. 30.
Guests are asked to refrain from wearing any scents during the visitation or funeral service due to severe allergies of family members.