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Charles Benson Piper

October 1, 1939 January 3, 2019
Charles Benson Piper
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Charles B. Piper, age 79, passed away peacefully at the Schneidmiller Hospice House on January 3, 2019 after suffering with Alzheimer’s. He was born October 1, 1939 in Orange, New Jersey to Angela and John Piper. After attending schools in Chatham, New Jersey, he attended St. Bonaventure University and then graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.

On June 25, 1963, he and Patricia DeVoe were married at St. Patrick’s Church in Chatham. Five years later they moved across country to Seattle, WA, where they lived for 32 years raising their two daughters, Heather and Megan.

From an early age, Charlie worked for both his grandfather and father at Piper Homes, Inc. and then, in Seattle, was self-employed with Piper Construction and built custom homes.

He had many hobbies: woodworking, gardening, golfing, photography, NASCAR, and storytelling. But he had four main interests over his lifetime. He was 13 years old when he began racing hydroplanes on the Rideau Lakes in Ontario, Canada, and in 1963 he was elected to the Gulf Marine Hall of Fame for his many wins and speed records. His love of fishing began in Canada also, spending his summers trolling the lakes. Later, he began steelhead fishing on the many rivers in Western Washington. He tied his own flies and built graphite rods for himself, as well as for those he loved. The highlight of his life, though, was his many trips to Alaska floating down a river fishing and camping out along the way. He began hunting at an early age also, learning from his grandfather and father at their hunting camp in Pennsylvania near Lake Wallenpaupack. While living in Washington, he hunted near Winthrop with his race car buddies; and mostly hunted in North Idaho with his brother-in-law, John Runge. He shot traps and skeet for several years at the CDA Trap and Skeet Club on the Runge Furniture team. At age 55, he took up racing again, not driving boats, but working in the pits with the Huson Sprint Car Racing Team at the track in Skagit, WA. He loved those years with his many friends, washing cars, changing tires, building carriers, traveling with the crew.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Angela Shaune Piper; and his beloved daughter, Megan Therese Piper. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patti, and his daughter, Heather Piper-Vasquez (Alan) of California; two beautiful grandsons, Ben and Jeff; his brother, retired Captain John C. Piper, USN (Teresa) of New Jersey; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Nancy Runge; and many nephews, nieces, and cousins.

A private family committal will be held. There will be a public “Irish Wake/Celebration of Life” that will take place on April 13, 2019, time and place to determined and published in a later notice. The family expresses gratitude to Hospice House and Hospice of North Idaho for their love and many kindnesses, Yates Funeral Home for their care and support, and Wellspring Meadows for their constancy and love shown to Charlie while in adult daycare there.

If one wishes to donate in Charlie’s memory, they can be made to Hospice of North Idaho. 2290 West Prairie Ave., Coeur d’ Alene, ID 83815.

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Celebration of Life




3:00 PM 4/13/2019 3:00:00 PM

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Time and location of the Celebration of Life will be published later.

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Hospice of North Idaho

2290 W. Prairie Ave.
Coeur d' Alene, ID 83815

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