May 12, 1930 – October 20, 2020
David E. Piper went to live with his precious Lord on October 20, 2020. He was born in Walthill, NE on May 12, 1930, to Kenneth and Edith Piper and was one of 8 children. Dave served proudly in the US Navy in the early 1950s and went on to work in construction and with the City of Omaha until his retirement. In 1957 he married Dorothy Karasek in Omaha and together they raised their 3 daughters until her death in 1996.
Dave is survived by his beloved wife Darlene; daughters, Linda Scholz (Thomas), Brenda Teplitsky (Frank), and Lisa Garcia (Cecil); grandchildren, Joe Teplitsky, Ben Scholz, and Sophia Scholz; siblings, Iver Piper and Patricia Stone; stepchildren, Drew Collins (Jennifer) and Donelle Kirsche (Steve); and many deeply loved grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren from the Collins' side of the family.
Dave was firm in his faith, humble in his ways, full of gratitude, and ready to crack a joke to his final days. He was loved by all who knew him from close family to everyday acquaintances. To his daughters, he was the best dad a daughter could ever hope for and his absence will always be sorely felt. Dave/Dad/ Opa/Grandpa will be missed by all of us, but we take comfort knowing he is with his heavenly Father and that we will be with him again one day soon. A memorial service will be held in early 2021.
Saturday, May 22, 2021
May 9, 2021
Pre pandemic I came to visit Dave and Darlene. It was a beautiful day and I wanted to get them out of the house. Dave was under the impression that the drive would be around town. When I headed to the country he was so excited and he talked about growing up country. We headed south to Louisville and the park along the river. We sat and enjoyed nature and Gods creation. On the way back we came to a sign for the Holy Shrine. Dave said he would sure love to see that someday so I turned around and I ask if he wanted to go in. He said he sure would. I got a wheelchair and we made it happen. Dave never lost his childlike wonder and his faith was so strong. He marveled at the workmanship on the building and the view as heavenly. It was a great day together that I will cherish always.