PINELLAS PARK, Fla. -- Roger June Piper, 92,
died at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2004, at Crystal Oaks of Pinellas in
Pinellas Park, Fla.
Born July 26, 1911, in Princeton June H. and
Minnie R. Piper, he married Helen Gustafson Oct. 14, 1936, in Princeton. She
died Aug. 16, 1990.
He was a seasonal resident of Pinellas County
since 1947 until moving there in 1995.
He began his career as a farmer, was the
inventor of the original power driven post hole Speedigger, established the
R.J. Piper Manufacturing Co., home of Piper Speedigger, Speederbox and
Stretchers. He built an auction barn and was an auctioneer, played sax in a
band, converted a barn into a square dance hall and was a square dance
caller. He also was a single engine pilot and built Piper Airport in
Princeton. He retired from farming in the early 1970s.
He was a member of the First United
Congregational Church in Princeton, had a life membership in the Bureau
County Agricultural Board, life and honorary membership in Musicians'
Protective Union, Local 431, and was a member of OTHERS Morning Star School
in Pinellas Park. He also was a member and wagonmaster of the Airstream
Wally Byam Caravan Club and Traveco Motorcade Club.
Survivors include one son, Jerry (Jan) of
Princeton; three daughters, Kathryn Hays of Connecticut, and Letty Mongan
and Connie (Ray) Marmaro of Pinellas Park, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 25
great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one niece and two
He also was preceded in death by his parents,
two brothers and two sisters.
A celebration of life memorial service will be
at 2 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Taylor Funeral Home, Pinellas Park, Fla. Burial will
be at a later date in Oakland Cemetery, Princeton.
Visitation will be one-half hour before the
Memorials may be directed to OTHERS Morning Star
School, 4661 80th Ave. N., Pinellas Park, FL 33781. (Bureau County
Republican, Jan. 23, 2004, submitted by Janine Crandell)