THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Eugene E. Pipgrass
Eugene E. "The Pipper" Pipgrass, 74, of Cecil, formerly of Princeton, IL, passed away on Friday, Sept. 20 at his home.
Born on Jan. 1, 1939, in Oconto Falls to Clarence and Madeline (Gallagher) Pipgrass, he graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1957 and was drafted into the United States Army in June 1958. He returned home from Germany in May 1960 and married Romaine Stoviak in Lena on Dec. 17, 1960.
He spent 40 years working in various facets of the furniture industry. He began his career in sales at Sears in Green Bay, from there he traveled to parts of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin as a furniture sales rep for Schnadig Corporation. After leaving Schnadig, he worked for Woodmarc Furniture, Winterset, IA, and became involved in sales, design and marketing. He retired on his birthday in 2007.
While in Princeton, he was a member of the BPOE Elks Lodge, obtained a pilot's license and flew recreationally at Piper International Air Field. He enjoyed his Friday nights with friends and family at the Park Tavern. After moving to Wisconsin, he 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, loved to golf, snowmobile, play his guitar and in his retirement became an avid wood-worker making beautiful items for his friends and family.
Survivors include the mother of his children, Romaine Pipgrass, Edmond, OK; his children, Mitch (Pam) Pipgrass, Columbia, MD; and Michele Pipgrass, Edmond, OK; three granddaughters; two great granddaughters; sisters, Yvonne (Robert- deceased) Gerhartz, New Smyrna Beach, FL, Joan (Swede) Peterson, Oconto Falls, Mellon Pipgrass, Green Bay; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a special aunt Nonie.
In keeping with his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and after a private family service his ashes will be interred in the Volk Family Cemetery in Oconto Falls. A celebration of his life is being planned for Oct. 27, at the Golden Sands Golf Course in Cecil.