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Walter Charles Pieper

Walter Charles Pieper Walt was born April 8, 1927 and passed away on December 24, 2013. He was born and spent his early years in San Francisco, San Jose and Capitola, moving to Eureka in about 1932. He started work selling newspapers for the Humboldt Standard on the day of the Hindenburg crash, on May 5, 1937 and sold over 100 papers. His employment for 4 years with the Standard included an auto route to Carson Camp at the end of Elk River Road where the loggers "forced" him to eat like a king. He also was a short order for "Watchmaker" at Bucksport. He served in the United States Marine Corps 1st Marine Air Wing for several years and received many awards where he served at Guatemala, Bougainville, and Manus Island. World War II and Korean War Veteran. His work history also included Hammond Lumber Company 1946-1948; Salesman for Daly's men wear, and a baker for Modern Cake Shop; He served the United States Marine Corps 3rd Division from 1951-1952 as a Staff Sergeant, a member of the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps; White House Furniture as credit manager; Sherwin Williams Paint Co. as credit manager 1957-1960; member of Scottish Rite, and with great pride achieved, and served as a 32nd Degree Mason. Dad joked that he finally got a 'steady' job, working for Transamerica Corporation for the next 28 years from which he retired in 1988. After he retired he then discovered how many things Irene was doing "inefficiently" at home. So - she told him either he get another job or 'she' would, and 'he' could do the housework. Guess which happened? He then worked for Eureka Title Company for 3½years, and numerous attorney's as a process server. He was very proud to have obtained the rank of Life Scout with Troop 3 at the Memorial Building; Past Commandant of the Marine Corps League in 1947, which evolved into the present day "Six Rivers Marine Corps League; Past Master of Humboldt Masonic Lodge # 79 in 1972; past board member of Salvation Army; past Toparch Royal Order of Sciots; Captain of Eureka Police Reserves (a member for 10 years); 27 years perfect attendance at downtown Kiwanis Club; Kiwanian of the year 1974; "Old Town Santa", giving out about 7,000 candy canes each year for 10 years. He gave 18.7 gallons in blood donations, both in and out of the Marine Corps, being very proud that he was able to assist people with needed blood, and he was sure those people had assisted him sometime during his life. All who knew Walt could depend on him having the latest jokes, and many times (according to Irene) was a revolting punster. Walt was always proud of having signed pictures of 'Pappy Boyington', which he donated to the San Diego Marine Corps League. He married his true love in 1949 and reaffirmed their vows in 2004 in Mexico (a surprise arranged by their daughter Sandy). He always appreciated the extra honeymoon! Walt and Irene were a great point-counterpoint. She'd get him, then he'd get her. Humor was a great part of their lives. Dad's philosophy was - a sense of humor makes the world go around - don't be so serious - you only go around once so make the most of it. Walt was preceded in death by his father, Elmer C. Pieper and Maudie M. (Covert) Pieper, his son, Walter Charles Pieper II; grandson Walter Charles Pieper III, his beloved wife Irene of 59½years (2009), and his brother Richard Pieper. He is survived by his devoted daughter Sandra Jordan and her husband Robert of Carlotta, who was another son in the family; Sister - in - law Sheila Jurick and husband Fred Jurick of Citrus Heights; brother - in - law Steve Barnard and companion Peggy of Hayfork; sister Virginia Smith of Upland, Ca; Grandson Jesse Jordan, wife Erin and three granddaughters; Grandson Robert Pieper and wife Marie (with great granddaughter on the way); Granddaughter Grechen Pacifici and her husband Ron and great grandson Kayden; Nephew Dennis Pieper and wife Mary of Eureka; Nieces Debbie and Denise, and many relatives in Kentucky and Ohio. Grandson Robert's mother, Gretel made "Dad" very proud of her in the way she and step - dad Ron Posey raised Robert and Gretchen. He is also survived by his devoted canine companion 'Cricket'. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Betty Chinn's Blue Angels P.O. Box 736 Eureka, California 95502, or; United States Marine Corps League "Toys For Tots", P.O. Box 887, Eureka, California. Sentiments in passing: "My passing will mean something to a few and nothing to many. I wish I had meant more to the many. To the few, I will ask - Remember me when my memory will give you happiness and laughter". His funeral services will be held at Sanders Funeral Home (Del Norte and E Streets), on Saturday, January 4 at 11:00 am, with grave site services immediately following at Ocean View Cemetery on Broadway. An Honor Guard will be present for the services and interment. Viewing will be on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Following grave site services, a celebration of life will be held. We will miss him more than words can express. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.comand click on obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Jan. 1 to Jan. 3, 2014
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