Fred M. Piper Jr.

  • Born: June 14, 1930
  • Died: December 23, 2015
  • Location: Iowa City, Iowa

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service

2720 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240
Tel. (319) 338-1132

Tribute & Message From The Family

Fred M. Piper, Jr., 85, longtime resident of Iowa City, passed away comfortably Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at home.

A gathering for family and friends will be held from 4 pm to 6:30 pm Tuesday, December 29th. at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, with a memorial service to begin at 6:30pm. Private family graveside service will take place at Oakhill Cemetery in Coralville. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Fred's memory. Online condolences can be sent to his family at

Fred M. Piper Jr. was born June 14, 1930 in Melcher, Iowa; son of Fred and Ethel (Schley) Piper. On April 9, 1950, he married Ryta Shelton in Corydon, Iowa. He worked for the US Postal Service in the Iowa City for 30 years, retiring in 1985.

Fred was a member of Hope Methodist Church in Iowa City and the Moose Lodge.

His family includes his wife of 65 years, Ryta; daughter, Pam Hinkhouse (Glenn) of West Branch; sons, Steven Piper of Port Orchard, WA, Gary Piper (Paula) of Iowa City and Gregg Piper (Brenda) of Iowa City;6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, sisters, Tootie Stepanek (Derold) of Cedar Rapids and Etta Cuppy of Davenport, Iowa; and brother, Mickey (Diane) Michel of Coral Gables, FL; as well as extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Walter.

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City is caring for Fred's family and his services.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Pam and family, So sorry for your loss. Doesn't seem that long ago we were all running up and down Sycamore St. and Spruce St. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. God Bless!

Posted by Kathy (Williams) Wyatt-Hanes - Iowa City, IA - Friend & neighbor   December 30, 2015

Thinking of Fred's wife & family at this sad time. Sending my sympathy and peace to all.

Posted by Sandy Spire - Iowa City, IA   December 30, 2015

Pam and Family - Very sad to hear of the loss of your father. Know this is a very difficult time and sorry we are so far away. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Mike and Deby Donlin - Sugar Land, TX - Friend Pam PiperHinkhouse family   December 29, 2015


I pray for peace and comfort during this time for the Piper family and always. Thank you for always welcoming my family as part of yours.

Posted by Betty Goff - Iowa city, IA - Family friend   December 29, 2015

Fred and I worked in different crafts in the Post Office, we were friends as we lived on the same block. Fred even did a little electrical work for us. He was a good man and great neighbor. Our condolences to the entire family.


Gene & Phyllis Vineyard

Posted by Gene Vineyard - Iowa City, IA - Friend / old Neighbor   December 28, 2015

Steve, I always remember your dad smiling. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

Posted by Cathy Wieland Fountain - Iowa City, IA - old Twain school mate of Steve's   December 28, 2015

Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Johnnie Starckovich - Parnell, IA - friend   December 28, 2015

Pam and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Posted by Dovie Valero (Long) - Catasauqua, PA   December 28, 2015

We are very sorry to hear of Fred's passing. Please accept our condolences.

Posted by Steve Pfab    December 28, 2015

Ryta, I'm very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Pat

Posted by J. Patrick White - Iowa City, IA   December 27, 2015

Thinking about you and praying for the family in this time of sorrow. With deep sympathy Brenda Lollar

Posted by Brenda Sees Lollar - Bartlett, TN - Friend   December 26, 2015

Gary and Paula, Comfort hugs coming your way.

Posted by Jackie Heinle (Fjelstad)    December 26, 2015

Gary and family, it's Mark Dorpinghaus here writing this note from Kauai,Hawaii. My father worked with your Dad for many years and told me he was one of the best people, always kind and always willing to help others. I wish I would have had the pleasure of knowing him. Gary, my folks are gone now, however, I speak for them and myself, my deepest condolences to the Piper family. In prayer and peace, Mark, Ed & Betti Dorpinghaus....

Posted by Mark Dorpinghaus - Kauai, HI - None   December 26, 2015

Pam, Glen and family I am so sorry for your loss. Keep your memories of Fred in your hearts forever. Please accept my deepest sympathies .

Posted by Paul Mohr - West Branch, IA - Friend of the family   December 26, 2015

Piper family we are sorry for your loss. Always keep the good memories in your hearts forever. You will all be in our prayers. God Bless.

Posted by Daniel and Donna Hayslett - Iowa City, IA - Friend   December 24, 2015

Our Condolences

Posted by Al & Kelly Bickal - Coralville, IA - Family Friend   December 24, 2015

I remember Piper family from Church St. Eons ago. I remember Walter and Toootie mostly. I have seen the deceased many times. Sad time to lose anyone

Posted by Marilyn Kabela - coralville, IA - friend   December 24, 2015

Our thoughts are with you all. It was our honor to know Fred!

Posted by Barb and Scott Wells - Marengo, IA - Family friend   December 24, 2015

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