Howard Wayne Pieper, age 91, of Norwood Young America, died Monday, March 18, 2019, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
He was born March 14, 1928, in Young America Township of Carver County, the son of George and Esther (Stoeckmann) Pieper. Howard was baptized March 25, 1928, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America by the Rev. Abraham. He attended the St. John’s Lutheran School ,and later Central High School.
Howard confirmed his faith March 29, 1942, at St. John’s Lutheran Church with the Rev. Kramer as officiant. His confirmation verse was Isaiah 54:10: “‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”
Howard was united in marriage with Darlene Lohrke Sept. 9, 1950, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany. Howard and Darlene farmed in rural Hamburg until their retirement in 1985, and continued to live on the farm until moving to Peace Villa in Norwood Young America in 2015.
Howard was a dedicated farmer, who was a perfectionist with everything. He was very proud of how he cared for both his land and animals.
A faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Howard had served on the church’s school board. He had also served on the board of Young America Township for 18 years.
Howard was always very content and satisfied. He’ll be remembered for his joking and easy-going nature, as well as his constant concern for others.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Esther Pieper; daughter Kristin Pieper; sister and brother-in-law Phyllis and Wilford Fruetel; brother Donald Pieper; and sister-in-law and brothers-in-law Eldoris and Erlin Mueller, and Fred Ihfe.
Howard is survived by his loving family: wife Darlene Pieper of Norwood Young America; daughters and sons-in-law Gail and David Brinkman of Hamburg, and Jan and Greg Gromek of Eden Prairie; grandson Ryan Brinkman and his wife, Heidi of Waconia; great-grandchildren Sawyer and Capri Brinkman; sisters-in-law Ramona Pieper of Norwood Young America, and LaJene Ihfe of Mendota Heights; other relatives; and many friends.
A funeral service took place Thursday, March 21 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America with the Rev. Eric Hutchison as officiant. There was visitation at the church Thursday morning, beginning at 9 a.m. Interment was in Mau Cemetery in Norwood Young America.
Serving as casket bearers were Ron Trick, Brad Schrupp, Bill Pieper, Randy Feltmann, Rick Buckentine, and Richard Stockman.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.