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315 East Main Street
Supervisor: Sven E. Miller
New Holland, PA 17557
Phone: (717) 354-2227
Robert Piper

Robert A. Piper

Saturday, February 8th, 1936 - Friday, January 10th, 2020
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Robert A. Piper, 83, formerly of 243 Locust St., New Holland, died Friday, January 10, 2020 at Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia L. (Dayton) Piper in 1988.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late George Richard and Marie C. (Phillips) Piper.

Bob was a history teacher from 1958-1991 at Garden Spot Jr. High School. He enjoyed the challenges of motivating his students to share his passion of history.

He was a member of St. Stephen Reformed Church where he was involved as an adult Sunday School teacher and assisting with church operations.

Surviving is a brother, William “Bill” Piper, a nephew Kirk married to Kimberly Piper, a great-nephew Kyle Piper and a great niece Korinne Piper.

Bob is now with his Lord and his beloved wife Patty. Take the time to remember and share Bob's positive attitude and ever present smile. A quote of Bob's that is forever etched states: "In lasting memory for Patty and Bob and our love for you will be your daily expression of your love for God and your neighbor as well."

At Bob’s request, there will be a graveside service on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Stephen Reformed Cemetery, 249 E. Main St., New Holland with a luncheon and time to share memories immediately following in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Bob's honor to St Stephen's Church or the American Cancer Association. The Beck Funeral Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be posted at
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  • Service

    Thursday, January 16th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Thursday, January 16th, 2020 11:30am
    St. Stephen Reformed Cemetery
    249 E. Main St.
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    Rev. Dr. Timothy Witmer
  • Interment

    St. Stephen Reformed Cemetery
    249 E. Main St.
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  • Reception

    St. Stephen Reformed Church
    249 E. Main St.
    NEW HOLLAND, PA 17557
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Malinda Smith

Posted at 01:38am
My condolences to Mr. Piper's family. He was a great teacher at Garden Spot HS!! Malinda (Dellinger) Smith

Martha Piotrowski

Posted at 12:14pm
I was a student of Mr. Piper at the beginning of his career at Garden Spot High School--about 1961-62. He had an impish smile at our young antics but always kept us under control and serious about history. I have kept in touch with another GSHS teacher, Janet Trimmer, but did not know Mr. Piper was close by. Otherwise I would have dropped by to say hello. I have lived in Michigan for the past 53 years, but a portion of my heart remains in Lancaster County. I am sorry for your loss and am happy to have such fond memories of Mr. Piper. Martha Thomas Piotrowski

Jo Ann Ravelo

Posted at 07:28pm

My sincerest condolences to the surviving family of Robert Piper, including son his Denny Piper and granddaughter Renée Lyn Piper. RIP Bob 🙏🏻

Richard Poole

Posted at 06:46pm
My wife and I both fondly remember “Mr. Piper” from our time at Garden Spot, so many years ago. May he rest In Peace.
Beth (Thomas) Poole ‘66 and Rick Poole ‘63

kenneth Martin

Posted at 05:01pm
Mr. Piper was my 7th grade home room and History teacher. Mr. Piper helped me instill a confidence in myself that has lasted me my whole life. He was a teacher that truly was an influence on this student that helped me be a better person and a success in life. I am sure there are other students like myself and I want the family to know that he made a difference! So hard to believe that 59 years have gone by, but my memories of him are like yesterday. Ken Martin

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