Donald E. Piper

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Donald Evans (Peter) Piper, 85, died March 6, 2013 at Pennswood Village, Newtown, PA, after a three-year struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. Donald was born in Chambersburg, PA on May 30, 1927 and grew up in Dry Run, PA. After high school, he joined the Army and served in the 88th Infantry Division's Medical Administration Office, in Trieste, Italy, on the Adriatic Sea, until 1947. He graduated from Dickinson College with a degree in biology in 1951 and received his Medical Degree from Temple University in 1955. He married Mildred Anne Marker in 1955. Donald served an internship at York Hospital, and joined the hospital staff in 1956. In 1957, he took over a medical practice in Dallastown. He was active in hospital affairs, especially the Family Practice Department, and was President of the Medical Staff from 1969 to 1971. In 1972, he co-founded the Dallastown Family Practice Center. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in York, the Living Word Community Church in Red Lion, and the Newtown Presbyterian Church in Newtown. He served as a medical missionary on the Navajo reservation in Ganado, Arizona, then in the African Inland Mission hospital in Kijabe, Kenya, and also in Rwanda, Somalia, and in Danishpet, India. He served on the boards of Young Life of York, Jessica & Friends Community, and he founded York Hospice. Donald was passionate about hunting and fishing, and spent many happy hours in the field or on the water with his friends and dogs. He was a founder of the Rambo Run Club, a private fly-fishing club. Anne passed away December 18, 2002. In 2004 he reunited with a friend from college and medical school, Dr. Lois Pauley. They were married in 2005. They shared a love for travel and the outdoors; he came to enjoy golfing in Split Rock and she came to enjoy fishing in Marathon, Fla. Donald was predeceased by his first wife Mildred Anne Marker Piper, and is survived by his wife Lois Pauley Piper, of Newtown, PA, his children Franklin Piper of Lansdale and wife Laura, Elizabeth Major of Dillsburg and husband Dennis, Daniel Piper of Dallastown and wife Kimberlee, their two children Emma and Ian. Lois's children are Jennifer Bergstresser and husband Fred, Janice Pauley, Jess Pauley and wife Tina, Christopher Pauley, and Carol Woods and husband Steve Moreau. Her grandchildren are Stephanie Bergstresser-Boozer, Gordon Bergstresser, Adam Bergstresser, Shawna Pauley, Jaime Pauley, Jacqueline Pauley, Christopher Pauley Jr, Caroline Pauley, Benjamin Woods, Savannah Woods and Katelyn Woods. Lois' great-grandchildren are James and Elsie Boozer. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday March 16 at Newtown Presbyterian Church, 25 North Chancellor Street, Newtown, PA. A 12:30 p.m. reception will follow at Pennswood Village, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Rd., Newtown PA. A memorial service will also be held at the Living Word Community Church, 2350 Cape Horn Road, Red Lion, PA on Saturday, March 23rd; visitation at 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m., reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Newtown Presbyterian Church Historic Church Trust Fund, Jessica & Friends Community, Young Life of York, or the . To share your fondest memory of Peter, please visit www.lifecelebration.com
Published in Public Opinion on Mar. 10, 2013
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