Richard James (Jay) Piper, of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away at 7:05 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, peacefully at home.
Born in Louisiana, Mo., to Lawrence and Agnes R. Wilmoth Piper on March 25, 1925, Jay resided in Hannibal, then lived and farmed in New London, Mo.
For many years, previous to farming, he drove a semi-truck. After farming Jay and June enjoyed traveling between Missouri, Arizona and Texas, working/volunteering as gate attendants for several Corps and State Parks. His favorite park was Fort Parker, Mexia, Texas.
He enjoyed telling stories, jokes, being outdoors and watching western movies.
Jay leaves behind his wife of 48 years, June Clayvell Piper; sister, Alta Jane (Phillip) Ruhl, three sons, Lawrence (Linda) Piper, of New London, Mo., Jay (Sharon) Piper, Grain Valley, Mo., and Dustin (Jessica) Piper, King City, Mo.; and four daughters, Linda (Jack) Immegart, Hannibal, Mo., Cindy (Garry) Tucker, Hudson Oaks, Texas, Deirdra Young, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Alesia (Lonnie) Hamilton, Savannah, Mo.; 21 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Jay was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dorothy Jaynes; and step-son, Bradford Riley.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Fort Parker State Park in Mexia, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the 7 to 70 Literacy Program, c/o Community Foundation of NWMO, 1014 W St. Maartens Dr., St. Joseph, MO 64506, phone (816) 232-2022 www.cfnwmo.com.