His Legacy… David Warrington Piper, 81, passed away May 8, 2020. He was born on August 5, 1938, in Bay City, Michigan to Edwin and Gertrude (Munz) Piper. David married the love of his life, Donna DellaVecchia, on May 18, 1996, in Nashville, TN. He will be remembered as a devout Christian, a dedicated family man, and a loving father. David had a wonderful sense of humor, and an infectious smile. Graduating from General Motors Institute, now Kettering University, with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, he went to work for GM, then Ford, and later retired from Terry Barr Sales. David was a talented builder, who could make just about anything from sailboats, which he raced all around the country, to cars, including a 1963 Avanti, or even a barn. He also loved working on his property in Dexter, where he maintained a rose garden, and planted over 100 trees. Everyone in Dexter seemed to know David, whether it be from the work he did with the Dexter Lions Club, of which he was the founding father and Charter President, from his time with the Western Lake Erie Chapter of the Studebaker Driver’s Club, of which he was a past president, or from his many active years with the Dexter United Methodist Church, serving as the head usher and as a Stephen Minister. Of all the many ways David spent his time, being with his family was the most important to him.
His Family… David will be missed by his wife, Donna; his children; Jill (Richard) Punches of Portland, OR., Laura (Scott) Eyre of Bradenton, FL., Mark (Teri) Piper of Naperville, IL.; Donna’s children, Kari (Chris) Bilakos of Dexter, MI, Kyle (Tracey) DellaVecchia of Hamilton, MI; sister, Judy (Richard) Jeffers of Bay City, MI; grandchildren, Madeline Punches of Austin, TX, Samson Punches and Kate Punches of Portland, OR, Caleb Eyre and Jacob Eyre of Bradenton, FL, Brady Piper and Aidan Piper of Naperville, IL, Andrew DellaVecchia and Mariana DellaVecchia of Hamilton, MI, Alexandra Bilakos and Alana Bilakos of Dexter, MI; niece and nephew, Jennifer Jeffers and Tom Jeffers. He is preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Gertrude (Munz) Piper.
His Farewell… David’s family and friends will gather for a Celebration of Life, at a date to be determined. Memorial contributions are suggested to Dexter United Methodist Church or the Dexter Lions Club. Please leave a message of comfort for David’s family at 1-877-231-7900, or sign his guestbook at www.borekjennings.com.
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