David “Red” Piper

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David “Red” Piper

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Red Piper
Red Piper

Samuel David Piper died on January 29, 2018 due to complications from triple bypass surgery. David was born in Lexington, Nebraska on December 26, 1930 to Roy David Piper and Ruth Knauss Piper. His father died when he was four years old on the day they moved to Irwin, Iowa. David and his sister Marilyn were raised by their mother who worked as a telephone operator. David graduated from a business school in Omaha and worked there until he joined the Navy in 1951. He was stationed in San Diego and made his way to the far east on the aircraft carrier USS Wasp during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1955, and worked in Omaha where he met Shirley Olson. He moved to Harlowton, Montana in 1956 to operate a variety store for his uncle. Shirley followed him to Montana, got a job at the Continental National Bank, and they were married in Roundup on January 12, 1957. When she was expecting their first child, Shirley left the bank and told “Red” that he should apply there as a teller. After getting the job, he worked his way to Assistant Cashier, Cashier, and President. He retired in 1992 and then “Red” and Shirley moved to Billings.
Anyone who knew David knew how much family meant to him. He was also a dog lover and ran a doggie daycare out of his home for many years for his granddogs. He loved all sports, and if he knew you, he would keep up with all of the sports you, or your relatives, were involved in. You saw him at a lot of basketball games through the years, but he also loved horseracing, rodeo, the North Carolina Tarheels, the Denver Broncos, the Colorado Rockies, golf, car racing, soccer, etc.
David was preceded in death by both parents and his sister. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of 61 years, daughter Beth, son Blake David (Kim), and grandchildren Jordan David and Allison.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at 1 pm, Saturday, February 10th at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Avenue. Interment will follow at Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park, 3605 Grand Avenue. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Meals on Wheels program, the American Cancer Society, or Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter.

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12 thoughts on “David “Red” Piper”

  1. Dave was my boss while I worked at the Continental National Bank. He was a great guy and a very nice boss. He definitely loved his sports. I don’t think he ever missed an Engineer game. He will be truly missed.

  2. I remember Red from when i was just a little sprout living next door. Sending love to Shirley, Beth, and Blake. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  3. Audrey Keller Eckhardt

    Red was a very special friend to all our family and anyone who knew him. He loved watching my Kids and others play basketball for the Harlowton Engineers. A true blue fan! He was missed when he moved to Billings from Harlowton by his fans. God Bless!

  4. Jack and Jean Foster

    Red was a good friend spanning many years. We would keep track of one another and our families even though distance separated us. He did love sports! He not only followed our children but our grand children – even into their college years. He will be missed but our wonderful memories will remain. Shirley, Beth, Blake, and your families will be in our prayers.

  5. I remember “Red” from his & my banking days. A great guy! Coincidently my mother was his teacher in Irwin, IA – a one room country school. We were able to get her and Dave together for a great visit several years ago. He was known as Red even then. I am sorry for your loss

  6. Marge (Turck) Povilaitis

    So sorry to hear of Red’s death. I worked with him in the Harlowton Continental Bank in 1960. He was one of the most friendly and helpful persons I have known. He went out of his way to know everyone, their parents, their children and never failed to ask about them. My sympathy to Shirley, Blake and Beth during this difficult time of loss.

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with Shirley, Beth, Blake and his family as they face the loss of David. I’m a MN cousin of Shirley’s. I first met David when Shirley was living in Omaha. While in high school I got to ride the train to Omaha from Worthington MN and spent some days with Shirley. They gave me a good tour of Omaha. David was a great conversationalist and very friendly. Blessings and love to the family now and in the coming days.

  8. Jill Ronan Ouren

    What a wonderful man! He loved horses and loved the horse racing scene and people. I was fortunate to train for him and he had an eye for a good horse. Thank you, Dave, and thanks for bringing a fun horse, Spring Sterling, into our shedrow.

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