Edward Piper, 87, a longtime Dryden resident, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 25, 2013. Ed spent his last days in the warmth of his home with his wife of 62 years, Ruth by his side. He was born to Earl and Margaret in Okanogan on (Leab) Piper July 2, 1926. Ed learned a love of the outdoors at an early age; hunting, fishing and hiking with his Dad in the mountains nearby. Ed attended school in Okanogan, graduating in 1944, from Okanogan High. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy that same year. After being honorably discharged from the service, Ed began college at Eastern State College in Cheney, WA. At this same time, he began thinking more about the pretty young strawberry blonde named Ruth, that he had met back at home. Christmas break 1950 and his senior year of college, Ed came home with a shiny new ring in his pocket and asked Ruth to marry him. They were married on March 24, 1951. A marriage that would be a 62 year blessing. In the spring of 1951, Ed graduated from Eastern and he and his young wife, Ruth set out for a new job opportunity, and a new life, teaching 5th grade at Peshastin. A year later, they moved to Dryden, where he taught Math, P.E. Shop Class and also coached Basketball. He was the Principal at Dryden for 27 years. A job that he enjoyed very much, retiring in 1982. Ed had many interests and hobbies in life. He was an avid collector of many things antique and beautiful, especially apple labels, old unique bottles and Ellensburg Blue Agates. He loved to garden and grew gorgeous vegetables. He enjoyed reading and sharing paperbacks with his sister, Rosemary. He also enjoyed golfing and fishing with very special friends over the years. He was very proud to be a member of the Colville Tribes. Above all, Ed was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was always content in life and will be greatly missed and always loved.
Ed is survived by his loving wife, Ruth and their children, sons, Randy (Nancy) and David (Lisa); daughter, Lori. Ed has seven grandchildren: David, Jennifer, Rodney, Emma, Dawson, Sabel and Faith. He is also survived by his sister, Rosemary Lundberg. He was preceded in death by his son, Shannon in 2008, and a sister, Glena Lee.
The Piper family would like to extend our deepest thanks to everyone who has helped care for Ed over the past several months, specifically, Dr. Patricia Ortiz, Nurses Julie, Shelly, and Neita and long time friend and neighbor, Tom. You have blessed us all with your outstanding care and your love.
A Celebration of Ed’s life will be held on Friday, January 3, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Leavenworth Church of the Nazarene, located at 111 Ski Hill Drive, with Mr. John Bangsund officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ed’s memory may be made to: The Dwelling Place (Home for Adults with Developmental Disabilities) 12686 Shore Street, Leavenworth, WA 98826