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Henry Mervin Carper

December 2, 2019


Harry Mervin “Merv” Carper, 86, of Roaring Spring, passed away Monday, December 2, 2019, at The Village at Morrison’s Cove in Martinsburg.


He was born on July 22, 1933, in Woodbury, PA, son of the late Oren and Grace (Woodcock) Carper. 


Mervin worked in the Engineering Department at Appleton Papers for over 40 years. 


He was a Korean War Veteran, serving in the U.S. Army.


We will all fondly remember him calling everyone “Arch.”


Merv was a graduate of Roaring Spring High School where he was active in several sports, especially basketball.  He was very proud to have set many records in basketball, including all-time leading scorer at the school.


Being a gifted woodworker, he made many great things for his family, including a cozy cabin at Raystown Lake, where we spent a lot of great times together.



Surviving is his loving and devoted wife, Shelva Jean (Detrick) Carper;  his son, Shawn E. ( and wife, Patricia) of Middletown, PA; his daughter, Rev. Laurie C. Stiles ( and husband, Rev. David Stiles ) of Martinsburg; a sister, Jean Hinish of North Carolina; his grandson, Ian D. ( and wife, Brittanie) of Duncansville; 3 granddaughters, Leah A. Hughey of Martinsburg, Lillian G. Carper and Vivian K. Carper, both of Middletown; and in June he was blessed by a great grandson, Judah L.  Hughey.


He was preceded in death by his son, Michael E. Carper; 2 brothers, Donald Carper and Robert Carper; and his sister Barbara Dick.


Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at his church, Bare Memorial Church of God, 500 E. Main St., Roaring Spring, PA 16673.  There will be a viewing from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. prior to the service.  His daughter, Rev. Laurie C. Stiles, will be officiating.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his church.


Cremation Specialist of Pennsylvania will be handling the arrangements.  


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