January 28, 1923 – December 3, 2018
Leroy Fred Piper passed on to his heavenly home on Dec. 3, 2018 at the age of 95. The son of Emma Bayer and Roy Hamilton Piper and step father “Pop” Guillory, he married Dorothy (Dottie) Smith in 1945. Mr. Piper was preceded in death by his wife, his son Curtis, and his sisters Dorothy, Doris, Vina and Mildred.
Leroy served in WWII with the USAF 379th Bomber Group out of Kimbolton Airfield in England and was a POW in Germany the last 2 months of the war. He continued to serve as a reservist in the Air Force, being called up for active duty in subsequent wars and retired as Lt. Colonel in 1983. In civilian life, Leroy gained his bachelor’s degree in business management at University of Texas and worked as a field analyst for the Texas State Board of Insurance.
Mr. Piper was a life-long member of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Austin, serving in a variety of volunteer roles through the years. Leroy enjoyed the company of family and friends, genuinely taking an interest in their lives and offering guidance and help when asked. People were drawn to Leroy’s infectious smile and loved hearing the stories he shared. He was passionate about managing and maintaining properties around the Austin area. He also enjoyed good food, football, traveling and dancing.
Leroy is survived by daughter Patty Wilson and husband Bill, daughter-in-law Heidi Piper, grandchildren Travis Wilson and wife Tori, Kelcey Piper, Brad Piper and wife Mandee, great granddaughter Addie Wilson, special friend and faithful companion Lucille Dobrich and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday Dec. 9, 2018 from 3-5pm at Cook-Walden Funeral Home 6100 Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX 78752. Funeral service will be Dec. 10 at 11am at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church 606 W. 15th Street Austin TX 78701. Interment will follow in Austin Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to St. Martin’s Lutheran Church Endowment Fund.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to all of his compassionate personal caregivers over the past several years. Additionally, thanks are extended to the staff at Cedar Pointe Heath and Wellness for the care provided the last seven months.
- Visitation Sunday, December 9, 2018
- Funeral Service Monday, December 10, 2018
- Graveside Service Monday, December 10, 2018
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December 9, 2018
My sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Piper...I had the privilege of working and talking to Mr. Piper for the last 20 plus years..He was a pleasure to work with and I enjoyed visits to his home in recent years..I also had the pleasure of talking with his daughter Patty Wilson and daughter in law Heidi Piper and his long time friend Lucille Dobrich.
December 7, 2018
I was fortunate to meet Mr. Piper through his kind and wonderful companion Ms. Lucille. I’ll never forget the big smile he had on his face with her presence. It was obvious the joy she brought to such a gentleman. Everytime I see Ms. Lucille and she speaks of Mr. Piper there’s pure happiness in her voice and a sparkle in her eyes.
My sincere condolences to the family. It was an honor to meet such a distinguished gentleman.
December 7, 2018
Leroy has been a dear friend for many years and words cannot express how much we will miss him. His wise words and loving spirit cannot be duplicated by many people that we know. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and his dear Lucille whom he could always count on to be there for him. Sincerely, Ed & Kathryn Witt