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Tree Presented By:
Mrs. Helen Ann Harpster
MyVeteran/MyHero Name:
Roy Franklin Harpster
MyVeteran/MyHero Photo:
Roy F. Harpster
Dates of Birth/Death:
11 Apr 1934 - 27 Jun 2014
Dates of Military Service:
23 Nov 1956 - 17 Nov 1958
Service Branch / Stations:
U.S. Army Military Police / Germany
Highest Rank:
Specialist 4
My Veteran's Hometown:
Boalsburg, PA
"Why this Veteran
is My Hero:"

Roy F. Harpster was a 1952 graduate of State College High School. In 1956 he enlisted in the U.S. Army, 508th Military Police Battalion in Germany. He was the Commander and President of the American Legion Post #779, a member of State College Elks 1600, a lifetime member of the Boalsburg Fire Co & Undine Fire Co#2, Harris Twp. Game & Fish Assn., Union Co. Sportsman Club and the Little Shingletown Archers. He also served as President and Past President of the 508th Military Police Battalion Alumni. Roy was a supervisor at PSU for 33 years working in the Agricultural mail room.

In 1971 Roy married Helen Ann Stephens, Boalsburg. He is also survived by 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Roy participated in many sports, including baseball, soccer, basketball & softball throughout high school. He found his calling in softball where he umpired games for over 44 years in the Amateur Softball Assn., PIAA & NCAA. Roy served for 33 years in the ASA as the Umpire-in-Chief for District 8. He also served as the PA Deputy Umpire-in-Chief.  In 1998 Roy received the "Tom Mason Award" from the ASA Central Atlantic Region; he was inducted into the PA State ASA Hall of Fame in 1998, and in 1998 he was inducted into the National Indicator Fraternity for Umpires for umpiring in at least 3 national tournaments. He umpired a scrimmage game for the US Olympic Softball team. Roy conducted many umpire and training clinics because he enjoyed helping and teaching rules interpretation and mechanics to improve umpires. Roy was responsible for organizing the first PA State Softball umpires training clinic.

In honor of his volunteer service to the community, in 2014 a flagpole was placed at the John Hess Softball Field Complex in memory of Roy's 13 years of service on the CRPR Authority Board representing Harris Twp.

About this Tribute Tree:
Somerset Red Maple
Acer rubrum 'Somerset'
Planting Date:
Spring 2014
Park Name:
GPS coordinates of this tree:
Oak Hall Regional Park
40°47.444N   77°47.566W
The "MyVeteran/MyHero Tribute Tree Campaign"© was established by the Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority in early-2014 to provide living tributes to veterans of the US Military in the three "Regional Parks" (established by the Centre Region Council of Governments) while assisting to further improve the host parks. A flyer about the campaign is available HERE (PDF). The initial site of these Tribute Trees will be Oak Hall Regional Park near Boalsburg. Future sites will include Whitehall Road Regional Park and the John Hess Softball Complex, as scheduled. For more information, please contact CRPR.

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