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Robert “Max” Harp



Robert Max Harp, 64, a lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, passed into eternal rest on April 25th, 2024 after a brave hard fight with cancer. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 27, 1959, the only son of Raymond Gene Harp and Shirley Ann “Thompson” Harp. He was affectionately known by friends and family as Max.


Max lived with his family in Gladstone until the age of 9, when his parents decided they could provide more opportunities to their children by moving to Pleasant Hill in 1969. He attended Pleasant Hill High School where he graduated in 1978.


Max was a mechanic his entire life but began a professional career as a diesel mechanic working for Ryder Truck Rental in 1988. After being a diesel mechanic for over a decade he moved on to become an over the road truck driver until deciding to utilize his skills and knowledge to work in the warehouse field as a forklift operator, assembly worker, and other warehouse equipment operator.


On one of the most cherished days of his life, Max was united in marriage to the love of his life and soulmate, Jerri Ann “Wilson” Harp on May 30th 2008 in Pleasant Hill Missouri where they made their home full of love and laughter until Jerri’s passing in 2018.


Max enjoyed working on cars, bowling, model car assembly, softball, and fishing, He fully embraced the joy in life. His hobbies reflected the same care and attention he gave to his family and friends. Max’s jovial spirit and readiness to offer a helping hand were cornerstones of his character. Whether it was helping someone with his mechanical knowledge or inciting laughter with his boundless wit, he was a beacon of camaraderie and you were always guaranteed a hearty laugh while in his presence.


He is preceded in death by his parents Raymond Gene Harp and Shirley Ann “Thompson” Harp, the love of his life Jerri Ann “Wilson” Harp, and son Jonathan David “Jon” Harp.


Max leaves behind his loving family: three sons Robert Gene “Robbie” Harp and wife Stacy of Holden MO, Joshua Edward Harp of Wichita KS, Christopher “Ryan” Wilson of Kansas City MO; daughter Jennifer Renee “Jenny” Harp and husband Steve of Independence MO; sisters Margaret Ann Kosfeld of Pleasant Hill MO and Nancy Jean Harp of Pleasant Hill MO; nieces Anna and Abbie; nephew Beau; grandchildren Riley, Ariane, Levi, Daphne, Dravin, Kerstyn, Ashanta, Zane; and two great grandsons. 


The family will welcome friends to celebrate Max’s life on the evening of May 10, 2024, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Wallace Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri, where cremation has been accorded.


In remembrance of Max’s life, the family requests that any charitable donations be made to Jennifer Harp to assist with final expenses.


A man of laughter, loyalty, and love, Max’s memory will be treasured forever in the hearts of those who knew him.


16 Messages

  • NANCY HARP Posted May 11, 2024 6:27 pm

    Max was never more happy than with Jerri. They blended their families well. I’m going to miss my happy, funny, and loving brother. He’s where he wants to be with Jerri and Jon, our parents and the rest of our family. I will see you someday.
    Love, Nancy

  • Jerre (Thomas) LaBanca Posted June 16, 2024 2:10 pm

    I am just learning about this. I am so sorry for to hear about Max. Jerri Ann was my bff since grade school, she loved him dearly. Now they are together again for eternity. The family has my sincerest condolences

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