Roger Spencer Kiper


Died: August 25, 2013
Roger Spencer Kiper, 85, of Bloomington, IL went home to be with his Lord at 9:43 A.M. on Monday, August 26, 2013 at OSF. St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL. Visitation will be on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at Calvary Baptist Church, Normal, IL from 4—7 P.M., as well as an hour before the service on Friday, August 30, 2013 with the service starting at 11:00 A.M. the church. Rev. Ralph Wingate will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington, IL with military rights provided by the Bloomington/Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Bible Tracts, Inc. or to Calvary Baptist Church of Normal, IL in his honor. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. He was born April 2, 1928 in Normal, Illinois to William A. and Lydia I. (McDougald) Kiper. He married Dorothy A. Moit on March 6, 1949 at First Baptist Church of Normal, Illinois and is survived by two sons, David (Jeannette) Kiper, Forest, OH, and Philip (Pamela) Kiper, Dunlap, TN;seven wonderful grandchildren and their spouses and seven precious great grandchildren as well as many very special nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and one sister-in-law Kay (Tom) Kiper-Darnall, Bloomington, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, four sisters, and his loving wife of 62 years which passed away on May 1, 2011. After graduation from Normal Community High School in 1946, Mr, Kiper joined the United States Army in October of 1946, serving with the engineering utility attachment in the WWII occupation forces in Austria until his honorable discharge in February of 1948. Upon return from Europe he married Dorothy Aretta Moit before being deployed once again to Korea and returned home in October of 1951. Mr. Kiper loved carpentry and engineering from his earliest days and worked as a carpenter on many projects, including 3½ years as a general contractor, until joining the Illinois State University staff where he worked as a carpenter until his retirement on April 1, 1990, 27 years later. During his tenure as a master carpenter he was a 52 year member of the Local #63 Carpenters Union. Mr. Kiper was active in conservative political causes and served as a Republican Precinct Committeeman from 1979 through the 80's in Bloomington. Mr. Kiper was a founding member of Calvary Baptist Church of Normal where he served over the years in many capacities as deacon, Sunday School teacher, Jr. High Sunday School superintendent, Sunday School superintendent, building committee member, trustee, greeter and trusted counselor. Mr. Kiper was born again by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ at the age of 18. It is his desire that everyone who reads this column come to know Christ as personal Savior and Lord. John 3:16 and Romans 10:13

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