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Official Obituary of

Paul R. Pipher

March 23, 2024

Paul Pipher Obituary

Paul Richard Pipher, born September 25, 1928, age 95 of Townsend, DE formerly of Wilmington, DE and Scranton, PA passed peacefully on March 23, 2024.

Paul enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. As a crew chief, he served in Okinawa, Japan. After the war, Paul and his wife, Marilyn, relocated to New Castle County, Delaware. Paul obtained employment as an aircraft electrician at Atlantic Aviation and worked there until he retired in 1991.

Paul was very proud of his military service to the country.  In honor of his fellow veterans, Paul generously donated to Wounded Warrior Project, Tunnel to Towers, and many other non-profit veterans’ organizations.

As well as enjoying the company of his family and friends, Paul treasured his four-legged companions. Over his lifetime, he provided a home to many abandoned dogs (more than can be counted on two hands) and was a dedicated donor to the Brandywine Valley SPCA serving New Castle County, DE.

Paul was a compassionate person who chose to support many other worthy causes for those in need and included St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital on his list of monthly donations.

He spent his most recent years reading aircraft periodicals, collecting antique guns, watching vintage westerns (especially Gunsmoke), war documentaries and movies.  He enjoyed watching professional sports and was a passionate fan of the Minnasota Vikings.  If Paul wasn’t wearing a patriot t-shirt, he was sporting purple and gold attire.

Paul is predeceased by his wife of 69 years, Marilyn Alice Ritch Pipher, his mother and father, Paul and Blanche Pipher, sister and brother-in-law, Jayne and Thomas Noble, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Barbara and Alvin Brant and his son, Paul R. Pipher, II.

Paul is survived by his daughter, Barbara Pipher of West Yellowstone, MT, his son, David Pipher and Diane Newton of Greenwood, DE, his son’s widow, Cheryl Pipher of Wilmington, DE, grandsons, Paul Shannon Diego and his wife, Melissa Jane Diego of Franklinton, NC; Brian Pipher and Logan Marlow of Felton, DE; Paul R. Pipher, III and his wife, Samantha Pipher of Wilmington, DE; granddaughters, Jennifer Pipher, of Townsend, DE; Lori Hurd and her husband, Mark Hurd of Dover, DE; Kristin Pipher of Milton, DE; Sonya Pipher and her husband, Aaron Logan of Claymont, DE; and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation with the family will be held at the Beeson Funeral Home, 2053 Pulaski Highway, Newark, DE 19702 on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 beginning at 10:00 a.m. to be followed by a Life Celebration at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will be held at Gracelawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

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April 3, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Beeson Funeral Home
2053 Pulaski Highway
Newark, DE 19702

Memorial Service
April 3, 2024

11:00 AM
Beeson Funeral Home
2053 Pulaski Highway
Newark, DE 19702

April 3, 2024

12:30 PM
Gracelawn Memorial Park
2220 N. DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720


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