Harper Anthony Turek

November 6, 1994 - August 17, 2021
Harper Anthony Turek


Harper Anthony Turek 26, of Wilmington, died while in Salt Lake City, UT on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

Harper was born in Chicago, IL on November 6, 1994, the son of Daniel Anthony Turek and Kelly Elizabeth Huffman Turek. Harper was a 2013 graduate of Coastal Christian High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Appalachian State University in 2018 where he majored in English. Harper loved tweeting, playing board games, his family, politics, cats, dogs, being licked by cats and dogs, stand-up comedy, friends, hugs, Halloween, but most of all being licked by cats and dogs. Harper was kind to everyone.

In addition to his parents, he leaves his brother Nathan Turek; Paternal Grandparents Jerry and Sue Turek; Maternal Grandparents Harper and Shirley Huffman; aunts and uncles Abby and Bill Pulley, Hope and Bruce Hedrick and Cliff and Kelly Schubert; and his cousins Ryan, Jake, Austin, Luke, Carson, Finley, and Baker. Preceding him in death was his Aunt Cindy Schubert.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Coastal Christian High School, 1150 The King’s Highway in Wilmington.

Harper, you will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

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  • August 21, 2021
    Keenan Cromshaw says:
    Even though I didn’t see Harper as much as Nathan, I could never forget his radiant laugh and smile. My deepest condolences and you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • August 21, 2021
    Chance Michael says:
    Harper wuz there 4 mi wren no 1 elsa wuz.

  • August 21, 2021
    Mariann says:
    Harper was such a genuinely kind soul. During a recent chat with him, he spoke about how he cared for his community and peers. That, along with his sense of humor, was my favorite thing about Harper; his ability to make those around him feel seen and cared for. His presence will be deeply missed.

  • August 21, 2021
    Chalmer and Linda Wilkins says:
    Our prayers and thoughts are with the entire Turek family. We are so saddened to hear of Harper's death. Our deepest sympathies and love to all of you.

  • August 21, 2021
    Philip Arthur Jackson says:
    After reading several of the condolences, I am very sorry that I did not know Harper or ever had the privilege of meeting him. He seemed to be such a kind and individual. I am so sorry for your loss and cannot imagine your grief at this time. Kelly and family, I will pray for your comfort and peace...from the ONE who gives it best.