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Robert Piper

Robert Piper

Friday, March 18th, 1938 Saturday, June 13th, 2020

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Obituary for Robert W. "Bob" Piper

Robert W. “Bob” Piper, 82, of Chambersburg, passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at the Chambersburg Hospital. Born March 18, 1938 in Dry Run, PA, he was a son of the late Paul A. and Gladys Hampton Piper. His beloved wife of 53 years, Connie K. Bruck Piper, preceded him in death on January 16, 2019.

Bob was a 1956 graduate of Fannett-Metal High School. A proud veteran, Bob served a total of 32 years in the armed forces. From 1956 – 1980 he served in the Air Force and Air National Guard. He then served from 1982 until his retirement in 1998 with the Army National Guard. Bob was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm where he served active duty with the US Army Special Forces, 20th Special Forces Group. He earned and Associates Degree in Arts, Management and Supervision and a Bachelor of Art in Business and Economics, both from Wilson College. Bob was employed at Ingersoll-Rand and Grove Manufacturing as a mechanical engineer. He was currently working at C & T Machining, Inc. in Mercersburg, PA. He was a Life Member of the VFW Post 1599, AmVets Post 224, both in Chambersburg, and the Special Forces Association in Fort Bragg, NC. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 232 in Dry Run, George Washington Lodge 143 F&AM in Chambersburg. He was active in ARRL Amateur Radio Operator call sign N3MZJ and enjoyed hunting, fishing and dirt track racing where he sponsored and served on pit crews.

Bob is survived by a daughter, Julie Wolford of Chambersburg, PA; two grandchildren, Dakota and Darien Wolford, both of Chambersburg, PA; and two siblings, Lillian Walter (Marvin) of Redwood City, CA and Nancy Bard of Chambersburg. In addition to his parents and wife, Bob was preceded in death by his sister Carol Baker.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 20, 2020 in the Spring Run United Methodist Church, 16667 Main St., Spring Run, PA 17262. Rev. Darwin Goshorn and Rev. Ron Cook will officiate. Interment will follow in Upper Path Valley Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Friday evening at the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, June 19th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home
    333 Falling Spring Rd.
    CHAMBERSBURG, PA
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    Friday, June 19th, 2020
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Spring Run United Methodist Church
    16667 Main Street
    SPRING RUN, PA
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    Saturday, June 20th, 2020
    10:00am - 11:00am
  • Service

    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Spring Run United Methodist Church
    16667 Main Street
    SPRING RUN, PA
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    Saturday, June 20th, 2020
    11:00am
  • Interment

    Upper Path Valley Cemetery
    SR 75
    SPRING RUN, PA
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Dale Price 20th SFG, Chapter 26 Special Forces Association, and other have sent flowers to the family of Robert W. "Bob" Piper.
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Dale Price 20th SFG, Chapter 26 Special Forces Association, and other have sent flowers to the family of Robert W. "Bob" Piper.
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Larry Keefer

Bob was the best friend on earth I ever had. We worked many years together in Tool Design, the Air National Guard, and the VFW Honor
guard. He was a great witness for Christ. I think the fact that I was airborne and served in the 101st in Vietnam did much to make us more like brothers than just friends. I will miss him until I see him again in Heaven. Larry Keefer
Comment | Posted at 08:37pm via Condolence
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Dale Price 20th SFG

With deepest sympathy,
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Dale Price

Very sad to learn of Bob's passing...a good man who loved his family and his country has now left this life on earth and returned to God's tender care. Bob will be greatly missed by all who had the distinct pleasure of knowing and working with him. My prayers are with his family, friends and all who feel the pain of this loss.
In deep sympathy, Dale Price 20th SFG
Comment | Posted at 03:19pm via Condolence
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Charles L Devor Jr

It is hard to sum up how much Bob meant to me, but I'll try. Bob was my mentor and reason for joining the Army in 1983 when I worked for him at Grove Mfg. He was also like a second father to me when my own father passed away in 1991. I was so pleased when he flew in the back of my helicopter after I returned from flight school in 1986. I know he got a kick out of it as a paratrooper. It was an honor for me to have Bob attend my promotion to CW5 in 2017 at Ft Indiantown Gap. He and Connie sat at our table and I got choked up talking about his impact on my career and life that day. I am holding back tears just thinking about him now and what he meant to me. I was, and still am, in awe of Bob for completing Army Jump School in his late forties....In Army lingo, he let it me known that he was a "Dirty Nasty Leg", indicative of him being an Airborne Soldier. There are few people in life that have a real impact on your pathway and destiny, Bob was one of those special people for me. I look forward to seeing him again in heaven some day and reminiscing about our Army careers and our past together.
Until then, I'll offer a hand salute to Bob and his life.
CW5 (RET) Charlie Devor
"Air Assault"
Comment | Posted at 07:09pm via Condolence
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Julie Wolford

Charlie, This is Bob’s daughter. Thanks for these wonderful words. This means a lot to us. Julie
Posted at 11:19am
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