James B PiperMarch 9, 1940 ~ November 29, 2017 (age 77)
James Berton Piper “Jim” was born on March 9, 1940 in New Plymouth, Idaho to parents, Jim and Hannah Piper. He passed away with his family by his side on November 29, 2017 in Richland, Washington at the age of 77 years. Jim graduated from Hermiston High School in the class of 1958. He enlisted in the United States Air Force and served for 20 years, retiring as a TSgt. After 20 years of moving around with the military, the family returned to Hermiston in 1978. Jim worked at Lamb Weston for a short time before enrolling in the diesel mechanic program at BMCC . He completed the program and worked for JR Simplot for ten years before moving to Irrigon where he raised calves. He married Ethelyn Doney and they later divorced. Jim married Hermie Jackson on December 10, 1984 in Irrigon, Oregon. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, his flowers and garden. Jim was a member of the VFW Post #4750.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 33 years: Hermie Piper; sons: Greg (Beth) Piper, Scott(Suzanne) Feeney, Roger Jackson; daughters: Lorie (Cory) Clark, Jeanne (Paul) Dohrmann, Michelle Piper, Cheryl Hammon, Kathy Piper, Shirley (Gary) David, Joyce (Tony) Carollo, Wanda (Blaine) Johnson, Kathy (Joe) Chandler; a sister: Gladys Walker; 32 grand children; 48 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents Jim and Hannah Piper, brothers: Gene and Donny, and a son, Brian.
A celebration of life service with military honors will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Burns Mortuary Chapel, Hermiston, Oregon.
A private burial will be at Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Irrigon, Oregon.
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.