Wendell R. Harper, 88, of Phoenix, passed away on April 3, 2012. Born in Hoopeston, Ill., on Aug. 22, 1923. He excelled at Antioch College in Ohio and served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. His many gifts, talents and hard work led him to become a successful, self-made businessman in the Midwest, New York and Arizona. Wendell will be forever missed by his family, including his wife of 59 years, Margaret Harper; son Dan Harper; daughter Judy Harper Cates; and grandchildren David, Nicole and Nick. At Wendell's request, a private celebration of his life has been held. Donations can be made in Wendell's honor to: Christ Church Lutheran, 3901 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix 85018; or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix 85014.