Roger E. Pifer

October 04, 1933 ‒ January 09, 2012

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSIFELD: Music is well said to be the speech of angels, once admitted to the soul, it becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies. A lifelong musician, Roger Pifer sang his life-song as servant, friend, brother and uncle. Filled with laughter, life, and joy “his” music was a helping hand, kind smile and encouraging word.

Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.

Roger E. Pifer passed away Monday afternoon January 9, 2012 in Grant Medical Center from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 78.

Roger was born October 4, 1933 in Shelby the son of Wilbur and Iva (Boyce) Pifer and was graduated from Union Local High School in 1951.

As a young man, Roger worked at Wilkins Air Force Depot in Shelby. For over 30 years he worked at Martin Hardware always willing to lend advice or a helping hand.

Roger’s passion was music. Playing the piano and organ from a young age he was also a member of the American Guild of Organists.

Roger was a member of Clay Memorial Lutheran Church where he played the organ, piano, and directed the choir. Roger also served as organist, pianist, choir director, secretary and treasurer for Lexington Presbyterian Church.

He loved to bake and cook, making the best casseroles and soups; he often prepared more than enough for church functions.

Roger is survived by his companion Don Lynn Pickering of Mansfield; brothers Marvin (Cheryl) Pifer of Lake Placid, Florida, and Fred (Linda) Pifer of Mansfield; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will receive friends Friday, January 13, 2012 from 4-7pm in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be Saturday at 11am. Pastor Jack Sharp will officiate and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Lexington Presbyterian Church or Clay Memorial Lutheran Church may be made through the funeral home.

Private online condolence to the family are welcomed by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com