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William B. Pieper

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William B. Pieper, 89, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007. Mr. Pieper was born in Eagle Pass, Texas. He never met his father, who died of the infamous 1918 flu on Nov. 6. In January 1939, he married Alma LaPerle Jeffers and soon moved to Los Angeles, Calif., to work in the aircraft industry. He served in the Navy during World War II aboard the destroyer USS Stephen Potter.
At the end of the war he resumed his career in flight testing developmental aircraft, most notably the YB – 49, or "Flying Wing." In 1950 he and his family relocated to Alamogordo to work on guided missiles at Holloman Air Force Base.
Mr. Pieper was active in Masonry throughout his life.
Mr. Pieper is survived by LaPerle, his wife on nearly 70 years; sons Lloyd and wife Janet, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Ronald and wife Mary, of Alamogordo; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Family will greet friends at 9 a.m. at the Alamogordo Funeral Home Chapel on Nov. 17, 2007.
Any donations should be made to Shriners Childrens' Burn Center.
Cremation will take place locally at PCS entrusted to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Nov. 15 to Nov. 30, 2007
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