Larry Lee Piper, age 77, of Hot Springs Village, passed away on February 28th, 2018 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was born on September 30, 1940 to the late Elmo and Edith Kauffman Piper.
Larry is preceded in death by both of his parents and all his aunts and uncles and one niece.
He grew up on two different farms in Iowa. He had a very happy childhood growing up with his siblings, Ronald Piper, Phillip Piper, James Piper and Ruth Piper Peterson. He graduated from high school at IMS in Iowa. He then went to Hesston Jr. Collage in Hesston, Kansas, from there he went to the University of Iowa and obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
While attending college at Hesston he met his loving wife Sharon (Sherry) Piper. They married December 22, 1961 and have been married 56 Years. They have two sons, David Piper and Duane Piper, and four grandchildren, Jacob Piper, Jordan Piper, Jordan Spangler, and Amanda Spangler, ten great grandchildren, Luciano (Chano), Jayla, Eric, Joel, Lucas, Noah, Scarlett, Georgia, Olivia and Rhiannon.
After graduating from college Larry went to work in Burlington, Iowa, with the Sylvania Company. He started out as a tube engineer. After two years he moved to Altoona, Pa. where he became a Quality Engineer and then he moved to Ottawa, Ohio, then moved to Bryan, Ohio.
Larry lived life his own way and was proud of his Iowa roots. He loved sports of all kinds. He took early retirement at the age of fifty-five, so he could enjoy life and most of all his family. Larry enjoyed golfing, tennis, and gardening. He followed all the University of Iowa’s team, and the Pittsburg Steelers and the Cardinals very closely.
Larry was a quiet and simple man with a very dry sense of humor and lived life to the fullest. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.
There will be a service later at the Grace Gardens of Christ of The Hills Church.
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My sincere condolences to the family on their loss. Larry was indeed one tough nut. I enjoyed my many golf experiences over the years of our friendship. He was determined to live his life to the fullest in spite of his long battle with physical issues. I will miss seeing his name in the weekly Men's Golf Association's winners list in the local paper. He was a good man to have on your team.