Obituary: Daryl Dean Pieper, 80

Daryl Dean Pieper, 80, of Whitewater passed away on February 28, 2024 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Daryl was born on October 6, 1943 in Fort Atkinson to Melvin and Fern (Meinert) Pieper.  He grew up in Whitewater and was active in baseball, basketball, and excelled in football.  Daryl also sang in the choir and played in the school band.  He received the Spade and Spoon award in his junior year.  Daryl graduated Whitewater High School as the class president, homecoming king, and student council president.  He also received All Conference award for football both junior and senior year, and was a letter award winner in football, baseball and basketball.  After graduating high school, Daryl took some college courses at UW-Whitewater.  On September 9, 1967 Daryl married Judith Amborn at St. Patrick Catholic Church and were wed until her passing on December 21, 2005.  Daryl married Darlene Dianna Mumm on October 13, 2007 at Lutherdale Bible Camp. He was part owner of Fort Body Incorp.

He was a founding member of the “Chuckers” in Whitewater, member of Whitewater Snow Seekers, and confirmed at United Methodist Church in Whitewater.  Daryl was a loyal volunteer at Lutherdale Bible Camp.

Daryl enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, deer hunting, and playing cards (especially Sheep’s Head, Canasta, Hand and Foot, Euchre).  He appreciated old cars and going to car shows. Daryl also enjoyed traveling to Arizona for the winters, family gatherings, spending time with his grandchildren, red wine, spending time at the lake in Northern Wisconsin, and going to Canada to fish for walleyes.  He liked going to Rick’s for a great meal, going to Norske Nook for lemon meringue pie, watching the Packers play, and Sudoku puzzles.

Daryl is survived by his wife, Darlene Dianna Pieper; daughter, Sara (Gregory) Klug of Bookings, SD; step-children, Kelly (Shawn) Kelly of Fort Madison, IA, Tony Menneke of Milwaukee; grandchildren, Daniel Klug of Bookings, SD, Katherine Klug of Bookings SD; step-grandchildren, Brennan Kelly of Iowa City, IA, Brady Kelly of Fort Madison, IA, Abbee Kelly of Iowa City, IA, Connor Menneke of Fox Lake, IL, Cayden Menneke of Woodstock, IL; siblings, Dale Pieper of Whitewater, Delmar (Mary) Pieper of Tacoma, WA, Ronette (Dave) Steinke of Washougal, WA, Jim (Kathy) Pieper of Whitewater; sister-in-law, Joyce (Robert) Stubbs; and lifetime special friend, Tom Jewell.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Fern Pieper; wife, Judith Pieper; sister, Patricia Mikkelsen; and brother, John Pieper.

The family would like to give special thanks to Mercy Health Hospice for all the support and care.

Memorials can be made to Lutherdale Outdoor Ministries in Elkhorn, Whitewater Fire Department, or First English Lutheran Church in Whitewater.

An Evening visitation will take place from 4 PM until 7 PM on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at Nitardy Funeral Home, 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater, WI 53190.  Funeral services will take place at 11 AM on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at First English Lutheran Church in Whitewater, with a visitation starting at 10 AM, until the time of service.

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