Charles Edward Pieper, 89, passed away from duodenal cancer Sunday, Aug. 28. 2011, at his Arco home. He was born, raised and lived his entire life in Arco. For the last 27 years he and his wife, Faye have spent six monthw each winter in Yuma, Ariz., at their “snowbird” home in Winter Gardens.
Charles was born July 16, 1922, in Arco to Charles Edward Pieper of Baden, Canada and Bertha Adelia McClellan Pieper of Loa, Utah. He was the only boy and youngest of four children. He played football in high school and earned a football scholarship to the University of Idaho until World War II pulled him into the Navy where he was trained as an electrician.
On Jan. 27, 1950, he married Ora Faye Hansen of Howe. They had two children, Ellen Sue and Steven Charles. Charles reveled in taking the family camping, fishing and boating during the summer, and hunting and ice fishing during the fall and winter months. Charles retired in 1981 from the INEL site where he was the lead man over the crew that succeeded in lighting Arco by atomic power in 1955.
He is survived by his wife Faye, his children, Ellen Sue (Marvin) Braun of Seattle, Wash., and Steven (Leslie) C. Pieper of Meridian; sister Esther Slemenda of Selwickley Pa.; and one grandchild, Sesha Ward of Chelan, Wash., and many beloved nieces, nephews and other extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Berl Pieper of Arco, Elsie Boyer of Arco and Ruth Combe of Denver, Colo.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, at the Lost River Funeral Chapel, 345 Sunset Drive, Arco. The family will meet with friends Wednesday from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Lost River Funeral Chapel and one hour prior to services. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Lost River Hospice.
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