Douglas Raymond Pieper peacefully left us Wednesday February 16, 2022 from his home after a self guided journey. Doug was 70 years old. He was born February 13, 1952 in Dodge County to Raymond and Beatrice Pieper. He spent his formative years in rural Wisconsin with the Horicon Marsh as his playground. There he grew a deep appreciation for nature, wildlife and the serenity it affords.
Doug worked in the construction field as an excavator-heavy equipment operator and project manager. He was always first on the job, last to leave and meticulous to a fault. He found homesteading and caretaking our tract on the Sunny Knoll to be so enjoyable and rewarding. For Doug the planting of a seed, the smell of the earth's soil, the beauty of the many rock forms and the seasons were always so soothing and wonderful. Doug truly appreciated and valued quiet time, early mornings, hands in the dirt, traveling to see and enjoy what he felt was only a fraction of the earth's offerings. He felt music, particularly the blues to be the universal language of all souls. He deeply valued his friends and personal connections.
Doug is survived by his wife Patty (Vandenberg) Pieper, his sons Nathan (Dan Feeney) and Michael, his sister Yvonne (David) Richter along with nieces, nephews and in-laws.He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Beatrice, parents-in-law Emmet and Mary Ann Vandenberg, brother-in-law Brian Germaine and his most loyal friend Bud, the best dog ever.
A very special thank you to Nater and MacGyver, because of you a promise was fulfilled. In honoring Doug’s wishes there will be no public service. Memorials can be made to your favorite local animal shelter. And lastly from Doug, "I am hoping to send you a soothing drum beat on a clear calm nite"
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