In Memory: Michael C. Harper

Mike Harper, bald, grinning older white man
Mike Harper
Feb 20, 2019
USA Rice extends condolences to the family and friends of Michael C. Harper who passed away unexpectedly last Tuesday, February 12.  He was 62 years old.  

Mike worked for FMC Corporation for 39 years as an ag chemical sales rep, and most recently, as the industry relations manager.  He graduated from Purdue University in with a degree in agriculture economics and was member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.  Mike was involved in Missouri FFA and the University of Missouri School of Agriculture, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening.

“Mike was a true friend of agriculture promoting ag wherever he went,” said Don Johnson, a friend and coworker at FMC.  “He never met a stranger, always wore a smile, and had a great wit about him.  Two years ago, Mike took over when Rick Kesler retired as our industry relations manager.  In his new position, Mike was not afraid to offer up new ideas or insight on how to advance the commodity groups he worked with to make them more pertinent to the world of agriculture.  Mike will truly be missed by the agricultural industry.”

Expressions of sympathy may be made in Mike’s honor to the Indiana FFA; Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Theta Chapter, Purdue University; Phi Delta Theta at Purdue Alumni Relations Center (P.O. Box 7007, Alberta Lee, MN 56007-8007); and the University of Missouri School of Agriculture (please choose Division of Applied Sciences).