Charles E. Piper

Charles E. Piper

Charles passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at the Dussia House in Otsego.

He was born September 13, 1934 in Kalamazoo, MI to Vern and Eileen (Leighton) Piper. Following graduation, Charles served his country in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years. On June 30, 1958 in Drake, North Dakota he married Karen Davis who passed away in 2012. Charles had worked for National Water Lift/ Abex/ Parker Hannifin in Kalamazoo as an electronics technician for almost 30 years. He enjoyed fishing, ice fishing, camping, bowling, playing golf and playing the banjo and ukulele. He was a member of V.F.W. Post 3030 Men’s Auxiliary and an active lifetime member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 345 where he had earned the Pilgrim Degree.

Surviving are his daughters, Nancy (Elmer) Sabin of Munising, Charlene (Terry) Bonnell of Otsego and Katrina (Robert) Garver of TX; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandaughter; siblings, Dean (Jackie) Piper and Coreen Patterson and several brother and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Karen and daughter, Rhonda Piper.

A Pilgrim Fellowship Service will be held at 11AM on Friday, July 10, 2015 at the Otsego Moose Lodge #345.

Contributions in memory of Charles may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or to the Loyal Order of Moose.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Rebecca Chester says:

    I always admired Charlie growing up, the again when I worked with him at National Water Lift. Prayer to my dear friend Nancy and her family, love you.

  2. Rick Fillmore says:

    I have some great memories of Charlie. He took dad and I fishing on 1 1/2 inches of ice. Not for me but Charlie was good with it. So I took him on 18″ of ice and he got tired drilling the hole. I laughed and said it will be worth the work. He was shocked at what and how many we pulled out of that hole. I don’t think he had ever had that much fun through the ice. Rainbow trout 5 to 8lbs. As fast as he could put the bait down. I’ll never forget you Uncle Chuck!!!

  3. Howard and Terri Gott says:

    Char, Trina, Nancy, and the whole family, We are so sorry to read this. We just got home from vacation and read this and am totally shocked. Your dad was one of my most favorite people. I loved his laugh. I loved both your mom and dad. God Bless each and everyone of you.
    You have our deepest sympathy. Terri and Howard

  4. Howard and Terri Gott says:

    Char, Trina, Nancy, and the whole family, We are so sorry to read this. We just got home from vacation and read this and am totally shocked. Your dad was one of my most favorite people. I loved his laugh. I loved both your mom and dad. God Bless each and everyone of you.
    You have our deepest sympathy. Terri and Howard

  5. Bill Harrison says:

    Sorry to here this Char your Dad was always a well liked man! Back in the days at the Moose Lodge we had some great laughs together.

  6. Verlen & Judy Miller says:

    We are sorry to hear this Char & Terry, sending love & hugs to you.

  7. Theresa Lee Campbell says:

    Tim and I are so sorry for your loss. Charlie was a wonderful man. Charlie will be missed. God Bless.

  8. Dan and Sherlene Belden says:

    Char and Terry, We are so very sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family at this most difficult time.

  9. Ken and Sheila Hillman says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. We have many good memories of Charlie. You are on our hearts and in our prayers.

  10. Karla Weaver says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  11. Jon & Christine Campbell says:

    Our sincere sympathy to the family of Mr. Piper. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Judy(Warner)Krebs says:

    Sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Prayers to you and your family.

  13. Louise Harvey says:

    Terry and Char, I am so sorry you have to go through this again. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  14. Jan Jameson says:

    Charley was a very dear friend of mine. He and Karen always treated me as family. ,they also with their love, knowledge and leadership ,not only made me a better person,but also a better Moose leader and member. I will forever miss “Dad” Piper.
    Good People.
    My love and prayers to the family.

    R.I.P Dear friend.

    Jan

  15. John h Veldt says:

    So sorry for your loss Terry and Char. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  16. Charle and Linda Vernon says:

    So very sorry for your loss he was a good man and Moose member.

  17. Lyn Shumaker says:

    To the Piper girls n family, ur dad was the best. All the years up in Dublin with u all. Man I miss those days. I love ur parents so so much. Even though we grow up n move in with our own family’s. They both will m r greatly missed. Know that u r all in my prayers n love u all.

  18. Joyce Sheldon says:

    Nancy, Char , Katrina and families,
    Your in my thoughts and in my prayers. Hope, you’ll find strength in knowing that memories last forever–and you have so many wonderful memories of times spent with your father.
    Having Chuck for a cousin…growing up together…remaining close thru the years…I too have cherished memories!
    May all your memories comfort you!!

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