CECIL, Wis. — Eugene E. “The Pipper” Pipgrass, 74, of Cecil, Wis., formerly of Princeton, passed away suddenly on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at his home.
Gene was born Jan. 1, 1939, in Oconto Falls, Wis., to Clarence and Madeline (Gallagher) Pipgrass. Gene graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1957 and was drafted into the U.S. Army in June 1958. Gene returned home from Germany in May 1960 and married Romaine Stoviak Dec. 17, 1960, in Lena, Wis.
Gene spent 40 years working in various facets of the furniture industry. He began his career in sales at Sears in Green Bay, Wis. From there, Gene traveled parts of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin as a furniture sales rep for Schnadig Corporation. After leaving Schnadig, Gene worked for Woodmarc Furniture, Winterset, Iowa, and became involved in sales, design and marketing. Gene retired on his birthday in 2007.
While in Princeton, Gene was a member of the BPOE Elks Lodge, obtained a pilot’s license and flew recreationally at “Piper International Air Field” and enjoyed his Friday night’s with friends and family at the Park Tavern. After moving to Wisconsin, Gene became active with the Shawano Area Waterways Golf Tournament/Benefit for the preservation and beautification of the area lakes and rivers. He was a life-long Green Bay Packer fan and had the good fortune to attend many Packer games. Gene loved to golf, snowmobile, play his guitar and in his retirement became an avid wood-worker making beautiful items for his friends and family.
Gene is survived by the mother of his children, Romaine Pipgrass of Edmond, Okla.; his children, Mitch (Pam) Pipgrass of Columbia, Md., and Michele Pipgrass of Edmond, Okla.; his granddaughters, Maddison Fairchild of Colorado, Alena Pipgrass of Edmond, Okla., and Camden Pipgrass of Columbia, Md.; two great-granddaughters; two sisters, Yvonne (Robert – deceased) Gerhartz of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and Joan (Swede) Peterson of Oconto Falls, Wis.; one brother, Mellon Pipgrass of Green Bay, Wis.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents and his special Aunt Nonie.
In keeping with Gene’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and after a private family service, Gene’s ashes will be interred in the Volk Family Cemetery in Oconto Falls, Wis. A celebration of Gene’s life is being planned for Oct. 27 at the Golden Sands Golf Course in Cecil, Wis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family at which time a lasting memorial will be created in Gene’s name.