James Berton “Jim” Piper was born on March 9, 1940, in New Plymouth, Idaho, to parents Jim and Hannah Piper. He passed away with his family by his side on November 29, 2017, in Richland, Washington, at the age of 77 years.
Jim graduated from Hermiston High School in the class of 1958. He enlisted in the United States Air Force and served for 20 years, retiring as a TSgt. After 20 years of moving around with the military, the family returned to Hermiston in 1978.
Jim worked at Lamb Weston for a short time before enrolling in the diesel mechanic program at BMCC . He completed the program and worked for JR Simplot for 10 years before moving to Irrigon where he raised calves.
He married Ethelyn Doney and they later divorced. Jim married Hermie Jackson on December 10, 1984, in Irrigon, Oregon.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, his flowers and garden. Jim was a member of the VFW Post #4750.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Hermie Piper; sons Greg (Beth) Piper, Scott (Suzanne) Feeney and Roger Jackson; daughters Lorie (Cory) Clark, Jeanne (Paul) Dohrmann, Michelle Piper, Cheryl Hammon, Kathy Piper, Shirley (Gary) David, Joyce (Tony) Carollo, Wanda (Blaine) Johnson and Kathy (Joe) Chandler; a sister, Gladys Walker; 32 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Hannah Piper, brothers Gene and Donny, and a son, Brian.
A celebration of life service with military honors will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Burns Mortuary chapel, Hermiston, Oregon. A private burial will be at Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Irrigon, Oregon.
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon, is in care of arrangements.