Gordon Lee Piper
16 August, 1936 – 19 January, 2021
Age 84, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Medilodge of Okemos. Gordon, or "Gordie" as his family and friends called him, was born in Okemos, MI on August 16, 1936, the son of Charles & Anna (Strayer) Piper, and lived most of his life in the Okemos/East Lansing area.
Our father's favorite past times included fishing, especially with his father and brother, curling in his younger years, traveling, spending time with his family and friends, MSU football and the Lions. His travels took him to Italy, Spain, Mexico, Canada and numerous states throughout the USA, with his favorite being Alaska. His infectious smile and warm personality made him friends wherever he went. He became a successful salesman and traveled throughout the state.
Gordon was a lifelong member of the Okemos Masonic Lodge #252 serving alongside his father and brother along with the Order of Eastern Stars in which his mother and sister served.
Gordon is survived by his children, Son: Mark Piper of Lake Odessa, Daughters: Teddy (Ken) Insco of Corunna, Beth (Ken) Gruesbeck of Hawaii, Jane (Sean) Whitaker of Tennessee, Ellen (Ron) Hart of St. Johns. Stepchildren Mark Fouts and Renee (Darin) Smith. He was a Grandfather to 20 grandchildren and many Great-Grandchildren. Also survived by Sisters Phyllis Hoag of Okemos, Carol (Dave) Halliday of Texas and Sharon (Ron) Hadowaine of Pinckney.
Gordon was preceded in death by wife Terrill (Hudson) Piper, parents Charles and Anna Piper, brother Basil Piper, 2 sisters Barbara Miller and Elsie Moore, son Ben G. and Grandson Calvin Jenks.
Due to current circumstances, we will not be holding a visitation or funeral. Our father will be cremated and laid to rest at Eastlawn Cemetery per his wishes, alongside his wife Terrill. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Okemos Masonic Lodge #252 or Heart to Heart Hospice in Gordon's name.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Gordon Lee Piper
7 February 2021
Hi There - I am 61 now, but I do remember hearing my I parents, Bob and Ellen Leiby talking about Goldie Piper and being friends with Goldie. Blast from the past. I am so sorry you've lost your dad
My mom passed away in December 2015. Mom would have remembered particulars. Will ask dad. If you remember Bob and Ellen Leiby, please let me know. I will pass it along to dad
Not sure where they were all friends at. Mom and dad married and moved to a house on Foster Street in Lansing. Dad graduated from Okemos. Mom and dad moved to Bath in 1962 I think and have lived in the same home ever since.
Again, so sorry you lost your dad.