Joel Lee Harper

Joel Lee Harper of Topeka, Ks grew his wings and left this earth to meet his Savior, Jesus Christ March 7th at The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus in Topeka. He was 68.

Joel was born January 26, 1951 in Topeka, Ks to Wesley S. Harper and Alice E. Harper. He is survived by 2 Sisters, Janice I. (Terry) Sann, Patricia L. Butler of Topeka, KS and brother Paul T. (Sherry) Harper Ault, Co, sister-in-law Patricia Harper, niece Crystal Harper Salisbury, Topeka, KS and Alicia M. Harper, Tx. nephews David W. Butler, Jeremy L. Sann both of Topeka, Ks, Sean T. (Amber) Harper and James T. Harper both of Tx. and several great nieces and nephews. Joel was predeceased by his parents and a brother, James W. Harper.

Joel lived in Topeka all his life. He liked to collect coins and records, at one time owning a used record store at 6th and Wayne St. in Topeka. Joel bought and sold many cars in his lifetime. He will be missed by his family and friends and best remembered for his quick wit and unique personality.

Midwest Cremation Society, Inc Topeka is assisting the family. To view a full obituary and leave a special message for the family online, visit

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  1. I’ve known Joel for many years and shared his love of old records. I enjoyed his wit and will miss that. Sending prayers of peace to his family.

  2. All of us at the “TIME MACHINE RECORDS” will miss Joel very much. He always had something positive to say and really was quite unique. I traveled with Joel to many Record shows across the countryside. Rest in Peace Joel, we miss you already. From the gang at the store.

  3. Paul, Janice and Patti and family,

    I’m so sorry to read the news about Joel. He was always a fun and great person to be around, always funny with a smiling face.
    Joel will be missed dearly by family and friends.
    God Bless you and all your family.

    Maurine (Shehi) McRoberts

  4. I lived next door to Joel for many years, but I didnt stay in contact with him after I moved. Now he’s gone and I regret losing touch. He was quite a character. He had a terrific sense of humor and was far more intelligent than he usualy let anyone see. The world could use more neighbors like him. Again, sorry I lost touch with you Joel.

  5. I knew Joel for about 3 years or so delivering medications to him. I asked him if Paul Harper was a brother of his. I knew Paul from the old street racing days of the late 60’s. Joel went to school with my younger brother Brad Neis. My name is Ron Neis and one of my friends from those days was Ron Martin whom is also deceased. I would discuss some of Joel’s music that would be playing when I delivered med’s.

  6. I’m sorry to hear about Joel. I’m a fellow record collector and we had some fun times together. He always made me laugh.

  7. Joel was definitely a unique character. I’m grateful to have known him. While it’s been years since I’ve seen him, I am reminded of him and think of him often. Condolences to family and friends.

  8. We will miss Joel so much at the record store “TIME MACHINE”. I personally will miss his insults that he gave me and the boys at the shop. Joel was indeed quick witted and unique. Rest in Peace Joel. Brent & The Gang.

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