Gene C. Piper

September 24, 1927 ‒ October 01, 2017

Sunbury, Ohio

Gene Clarence Piper, 90, of Sunbury, passed away at home on Sunday, October 1, 2017.

He was born in Harlem Township on September 24, 1927 to the late Clarence and Thirza (Grove) Piper. A kind, gentle man, Gene was a friend to everyone and never met a stranger.  A lifelong farmer and beloved Big Walnut school bus driver for more than 30 years, Gene dearly loved his family and farming.  Nearly everywhere he went, Gene would meet someone who had ridden his school bus.   Gene was a member of the Harlem Grange, served as a fireman on the Harlem Township Volunteer Fire Department for many years, and faithfully attended Sunbury Church of the Nazarene.

Gene is survived by his wife of 67 years, Rachel (Drum) Piper; sons Jeff (Brenda) Piper of Sunbury and Larry (Debra) Piper of New Albany; grandsons Ryan Piper and Bradley (Nikki) Piper (and soon to be great-granddaughter); granddaughter Sarah (Matthew) Kidd; step grandchildren Natalie (Jon) Rumpff and James Eastwood; step great-grandchildren Brice Rumpff and Zane Rumpff, brother Carl Piper; sisters-in-law Marilyn, Bobbie, and Mary Lou Piper, Florence Dye, Evelyn Schaefer, Mildred Gresham, and Becky (Don) Ramey; brother-in-law Richard (Nancy) Drum, and son-in-law George Greene, along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Gene was preceded in death by daughter Jeanette (Piper) Greene; brothers Richard, Lee, Raymond, and Merle Piper; sisters Marjorie Pestel, Marie Rhodeback, and Mary Thompson; mother-in-law Mabel Drum; father-in-law Ross Drum, brothers-in-law Rolland Pestel, Jim Thompson, Paul Rhodeback, Frank Starbuck, John Dye, Bob Gresham, and Henry Schaefer, and sisters-in-law Carol Piper and Dorothy Starbuck.

Friends may call Thursday from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. and Friday from 11:00 a.m. until the 12:00 noon funeral service at the Sunbury Church of the Nazarene, 790 St. Rt. 61 N., Sunbury, Ohio 43074. Burial will follow in Fancher Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Sunbury Church of the Nazarene.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • To the Piper family, on behalf of Vans Valley Community Church congregation we would like to extend our deepest sympathy as well as lift up families in our thoughts and prayers . The Piper family was always a welcome addition to each and every service they attended.

  • Rachel, Larry, Jeff and all the family I send my condolences on this loss. Gene was a special person to a lot of us. Anyone my age who lived in Harlem Township probably rode his bus once upon a time. Behave and don’t make trouble. We all knew that. I remember one time I made him mad. He forgave me. Gene being a local farmer is also a fond memory. A visit to the Piper Farm was always interesting. Prayers for all the family and friends.

  • Rachel, Jeff and Brenda, we are so very sorry to hear of Genes passing. He was a sweet, soft spoken man. When we went to Sunbury Nazarene church I always made sure to shake their (Gene and Rachel) hands. Such a cute loving couple!! I know he will be sorely missed. Praying for your family.
    Jason and Twila Rogers

  • Very sad to hear of Mr. Piper’s passing.He always had a smile on his face and was a man with a big heart.RIP Gene..

  • So sorry to hear of Gene’s passing – he was a wonderful man – I just know he was a good family man and will be missed by many – May God Bless & Comfort you in this time of grieving. Him & Jeanette are now together!

    Diana (Horn) DaPore

  • Rachel Larry and Jeff. I’m so sorry for your loss
    Gene was my bus driver when I was a kid. He was a kind Gentleman.. May you find comfort in this hard time for all the Pipers

  • Dearest Piper Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss of a great man! Mr. Piper has a special place in my heart ❤️ and he always will. With his sweet smile and huge heart; he is one in a million! Thank you for sharing him with the rest of us. I appreciate the time I was able to get to know him and his love for people and above all his family! May the Lord bring you all comfort and peace during this very hard time.

    Thinking of you all!
    Jennifer Copley

  • Larry and family,

    Our condolences to you and your family. I know you will miss your dad very much. Not sure if you remember us or not, but I worked in the cafeteria at Accuray/Combustion Engineering. Sorry to reconnect under these circumstances. May God bless you and keep you in your sorrow.

    Curt and Becky Vallen

  • So sadden to hear, Gene was a very special person to all of us in Harlem Twp. and those who rode his bus as I did. May the Lord wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you during this difficult time.