Ronald W. "Butch" Piper, age 75 of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the Van Wert County Hospital. He was born on Nov. 14, 1944 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan to the late Chester Wayne & Jessie Lillian (Glinkie) Piper. On June 26,1966 he married Karen S. McCullough, who died on July 23, 2011. Survivors include his three children Stephanie Piper and Corey Miles, Steve and Lisa Piper, Scott and Joni Piper all of Celina. Twelve grandchildren; Kayla, Amber, AJ, Kara, Kellie, Bethany, Nick, Michael, Jacob, Madalyn, Branden and Megan and six great grandchildren; Dylan, Walkur, Islye, Amiyah, Hazen and Avery. He is also survived by sister Joyce Ross of St. Marys, sister Dianne and Paul Weaver of Wapakoneta and brother-in-law Jim Hines of Lima.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and his sister Phyllis Hines.
Butch graduated from the Mendon High School in 1963.He served his country as a member of the National Guard until 1969 and retired from Navistar International in 1997. He owned the Pirates Cove Restaurant in Mendon.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at the New Horizons Community Church in Rockford, with Pastor Ken Meyer & Pastor Matt Rhynehart officiating. Burial will follow in the Mercer Memory Gardens Cemetery in Celina. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020 at the Lehman-Dzendzel Funeral Home and an hour before services at the New Horizons Community Church on Saturday. Condolences may be shared on-line at LehmanDzendzelFH.com.
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