Gene C. Piper
September 24, 1927 ‒ October 01, 2017
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 www.snyderfuneralhomes.com