Justin Ryan Harper

justin harper

October 12, 2001 ~ February 7, 2023

Born in: Denison, Texas
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

Visitation: 2-6 p.m. Sunday, February 19, at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington.

Justin Ryan Harper, 21, of Arlington peacefully passed away on February 7, 2023 at home.

He was born in Denison, Texas to Dawnette Onstead Thompson and his adopted parents, James and Susan Harper on October 12, 2001.

At a young age, Justin was fascinated with his bug collections, snails, butterflies and lizards. He enjoyed playing baseball and basketball for many years. He had a passion for being outdoors, especially when he was fishing, which led him to becoming a member of the Tarrant Christian Bass Club for several years and the Kennedale High School fishing team.

Justin was very talented with his drawings and received some awards for them. He stayed busy at the skate parks and skating rinks with friends. He joined the speed skating team for a couple of years. He enjoyed spending time with his friends with the online gaming and with family.

He also enjoyed following the weather and was our meteorologist.

Justin is survived by his loving parents, James and Susan Harper; his biological mother, Dawnette Onstead Thompson; his grandmother, Norma Horstman; his grandfather, Bob Harper; and his biological grandmother, Sherri Onstead.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Richard Horstman; and his grandmother, Ann Harper. He will be forever cherished and remembered by other family and friends.


Public Visitation: February 19, 2023 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


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  1. So sorry for your loss. I’m sure he’s fishing with His Grandfather on the streams and lakes in heaven.

  2. CandleImageI’m so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers 🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️ Lea, Heather and Cody ❤️❤️

  3. Continuing to pray for you as you grieve the loss of your handsome son. Longing for the day when pain is no more.

  4. CandleImageSharing in your loss and praying for God’s Peace…. Thinking of the years, watching Justin grow…
    Know that I have a heart of compassion as you enter into this new chapter of your lives.
    May God strengthen you and give you His Hope and Guidance….

  5. CandleImageRest easy Justin, you were a great friend and I am lucky to have had the pleasure of knowing you, I wish your family well and hope that they can stay strong through this difficult time. Physically you may not be here, but you will always be remembered by the impact you made on those around you. Going to miss you buddy. Peace be upon you.

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