Earl R. Piper, 75

February 21, 2011
  • Earl R. Piper
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OCT. 20, 1935-FEB. 20, 2011

Earl R. Piper, 75, of 11822 Stull Road, Greencastle, Pa., died unexpectedly at 1:10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at Waynesboro Hospital.

Born Oct. 20, 1935, in Duffield, Pa., he was the son of the late Truman and Dessie Irene (Mayhugh) Piper.

His first wife, Doris J. (Zeger) Piper, died Dec. 13, 1989.

He was employed for many years by Eagle Construction Co. of Greencastle and had been currently working for David H. Martin Excavating Co. of Chambersburg.

Earl was a member of Hollowell Brethren in Christ Church near Waynesboro, where he was active in Sunday school, having served as a teacher. He also served as a church deacon and was project manager for the recent chapel renovations.

He was a former member of the Shady Grove Ruritan Club and coached numerous baseball teams over the years.

Earl played minor league baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He enjoyed rose gardening, woodworking and was an avid golfer.

Earl was a 1953 graduate of Greencastle High School.  

He married Violet L. (Frederick) Hummer Piper on Feb. 9, 1991.

Surviving in addition to his wife are one daughter, Deborah L.  DeShong and husband, Donald, Greencastle; four sons, Richard L. Piper and wife, Pamela, Terry E. Piper and wife, Jenny, and Timothy A. Piper and wife, Barbara, all of Greencastle, and Dennis R. Piper and Heidi, Hagerstown, Md.; one brother, Carl E. Piper, Greencastle; two sisters, Mary Vanhorn and Nancy Rife, both of Chambersburg; two stepchildren, Robin Lee Hummer and Ric Hummer, both of Waynesboro; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and five stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Alma June Martin; two brothers, William Piper and Donald Piper; and a stepgranddaughter, Amy M. Hummer.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. from Hollowell Brethren in Christ Church Worship Center, 14807 Hollowell Church Road, Waynesboro, with the Rev. Blaine Lougheed officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Greencastle.

The family will receive friends in the chapel of  Hollowell Brethren in Christ Church from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and at the church one hour before the service Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the building fund of Hollowell Brethren in Christ Church, 14807 Hollowell Church Road, Waynesboro, PA 17268; or to Spring of Hope Prayer Counseling Ministries, 230 S. Potomac St., Suite C , Waynesboro, PA 17268.

Arrangements were handled by Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home of Greencastle.

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