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112 West King Street
P.O. Box 336
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: 717-532-2211
Fax: 717-532-8471
Paul Piper

Paul E. "Zip" Piper Sr.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 1938 - Tuesday, January 8th, 2019
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Paul E. Piper, Sr., 80, of Shippensburg, departed this life on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at his home.

He was born on June 22, 1938, in Shippensburg, the son of the late Paul W. and Violet L. Diebert Piper. He married Katherine R. Fontana on March 11, 1970 in Rome, NY.

Paul was a U.S. Air Force veteran, attaining the rank of TSgt, and working as an Aircraft Mechanic and Maintenance Technician. He enlisted on May 18, 1959 and honorably discharged on July 31, 1976. Upon being discharged, Paul then worked as an Ammunition Handler at the Letterkenny Army Depot, retiring in 1998. He really enjoyed his time in the military, especially all of the friendships that he made, as well as the travel and adventure that came with serving his country.

He was a member of the Durff-Kuhn V.F.W. Post #6168 and the Oscar M. Hykes American Legion Post #223, both of Shippensburg. In his free time Paul enjoyed the outdoors, both hunting and fishing. He loved animals and was known to “adopt” some wildlife from time to time. Paul was also an excellent gardener and could grow just about anything. He was an avid reader and loved to read most anything. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Paul had read thousands of books. And the fascinating thing was that he could remember them in great detail. Paul also enjoyed watching football and baseball, most often the Washington Nationals. He was the type of guy that never met a stranger and when you stopped by for a visit, he would make sure that you didn’t leave hungry.

In addition to his wife of forty-nine years, Katherine, Paul is survived by two sons, John W. (Rebecca) Piper of Shippensburg and Paul E. Piper, Jr., of Edmond, OK; two daughters, Cheri D. (Leroy) Reece of Luther, OK and Penny J. Piper of Albuquerque, NM; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Chamberlin of Chambersburg and Thelma (Earl) Barrick of Lurgan; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by three sisters, Vivian Gilbert, Doris Glessner, and Karen Varner; and one brother, John Piper.

His funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, January 15, 2018 at the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc., Shippensburg. Pastor Deborah Ryder will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in the Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, at 2:00 p.m. Viewing will be Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, January 14th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Monday, January 14th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc.
    Address
    112 West King St.
    SHIPPENSBURG, PA
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  • Service

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc.
    Address
    112 West King St.
    SHIPPENSBURG, PA
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    Officiant
    Pastor Deborah Ryder
  • Interment

    Location
    Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
    Address
    ANNVILLE, PA
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Affiliations

  • American Legion
  • US Air Force
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Posted at 09:21am
paul was such sweet man he was so kind and he loved his wife so very much I take care of her at the home and we will miss seeing every day I'm so sorry for your loss prayers are with you
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Randy and Stacey Hall

Posted at 09:14am
Met Paul many years ago through his son John. He was the type of guy that made everyone feel welcome and instantly a friend. Our condolences to the entire family. There are many many great memories that I am sure the entire family will always have of this great man.
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