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Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home & Crematory

3201 Ave. B, Scottsbluff, NE

OBITUARY

LeRoy Francis Pieper

November 23, 1927November 28, 2019

LeRoy Francis Pieper, 92, of Gering, NE passed away November 28, 2019 at Heritage Estates in Gering, NE

Funeral services are Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church in Gering, NE. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Scottsbluff, NE. Online Condolences may be left at www.dugankramer.com

Rosary will be held Friday, December 6, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church.

LeRoy Francis Pieper was born on November 23, 1927 to Hugo August and Clara Henrietta (Gerleve) Pieper. He graduated from Mitchell High School, Mitchell, NE.

LeRoy was born on the family farm in Mitchell Valley, NE and lived there 80 years before moving to Gering, NE in 2008. He was a senior in high school when his father died, and LeRoy took over the farming and care of his mom. He married Shirley Butcher and had three children. Later they were divorced and he married Audrey Bush.

LeRoy lived life to the fullest. He worked hard and played hard and was a big tease. Faith, family, friends, farming, traveling, happy hour, bowling, golfing and fishing were some of his loves. In his younger years he flew airplanes and rode motorcycles. And in later years he was always the Holey Board Champion.

LeRoy’s farm operation included sugar beets, dry edible beans, corn, alfalfa and cattle and sheep. He received several awards as a top sugar beet grower and for high tonnage on sugar beets. He served on the Mitchell Irrigation Ditch Board for 10 years, during that time all delivery systems were placed underground from the main canal to each farmer’s headgate, eliminating open ditches. He served for 20 years on the North Platte Natural Resources District Board and was appointed and served on the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission for 8 years and the Governor’s Water Policy Task Force for 3 years.

LeRoy was a trustee of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Mitchell, NE for 50 years and on the building committee of the new church. LeRoy also served on the St. Mary Hospital Board of Directors, was a lifetime member of the Elks and the Knights of Columbus. He was on the Mitchell Valley School board for 10 years during the consolidation of 4 schools into the building of Mitchell Valley grade school. LeRoy received the 100 year Farm Family Award and was honored as Farm Family of the Year at the NE State Fair in 2010.

LeRoy is survived by his 3 children, Tim (Joan) Pieper of Torrington, WY; Diana (Nick) Ehrman of Houston, TX; and Sally (Gary) Ledbetter of Yankton, SD.; 10 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in LeRoy’s honor may be made to Heritage Estates in Gering, NE. or Christ the King Catholic Church in Gering, NE.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Dan Pieper, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jeff Pieper, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brian Pieper, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Scott Schneider, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ty Ehrman, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Casey Ehrman, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Rosary Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, December 7, 2019

Memories

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Gary Ledbetter

December 6, 2019

LeRoy was my father in law. He impressed me by what he accomplished in his life. I am glad for having known him. LeRoy I’ll get that rabbit next time. Sally knows what I am talking about. Rest peacefully.

Cathy Pieper Ricks

December 4, 2019

Your families will be in our thoughts and prayers with the loss of your father and grandfather. We hope you will gather the memories of his father's smile, sparkle, and laughter in remembrance.

Hugs, cousins!

Cathy

Darlene Johnson

December 3, 2019

Prayers and sympathy for your loss Dr. Pieper
Darlene Johnson

Anadelia Martinez

December 3, 2019

Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your loss. On behalf of Delfino Martinez and all of the Martinez family, we wish the family peace and strength during this difficult time.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to you.

Lisa Parks

December 3, 2019

Sally, Lisa, Scott and family- I didn’t know your Dad/Grandpa, but knowing all of you, I imagine him to have had a wonderful sense of humor and a love for people in general. There will be many days ahead where you will miss him so much - even catch yourself thinking, “Oh, I can’t wait to tell Dad that”, then you realize he is gone. I pray that you have many moments where you see and hear something that reminds you of him! Remember, he is your guardian angel now! Our sympathy to you all! ❤️❤️

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY