Richard E. Piper

MILFORD – Retired U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Richard E. Piper, 92, resident of Milford, NH, died November 15, 2010 at Harborside Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Milford.

He was born in Townsend, MA on November 20, 1917, a son of the late Everett E. and Stella R. (Wakefield) Piper.

After graduating from Townsend High School, Mr. Piper joined the U.S. Army and served his country for 27 years. He was stationed in Brazil during World War II and had also served during the Korean War. He was a member of the New Hampshire National Guard and accompanied his unit from Milford to Fort Bragg in 1961 during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Mr. Piper was a Past Sergeant at Arms for the Department of NH American Legion, a life member and Past Department Commander for Ricciardi Hartshorn American Legion Post #23 of Milford and had served as finance officer until 1995. In addition, he was a member of Harley Sanford Post #4368 VFW, Milford.

After retiring from the service, he had worked for Worthmore Feeds and Lumbertown in Milford.

Mr. Piper was active in community affairs having served on the Town Budget Committee for several terms and the Bicentennial Committee. In addition, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was predeceased by his wife, Nellie (Silva) Piper and a sister, Emma P. Avery.

Family members include a son and daughter-in-law, Alden “Skip” and Patricia Piper of Greenville, NH; two grandchildren; four great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; his longtime companion, Karen Jarest of Milford; also survived by Tammy Daniels, Adam and Nicolette Daniels.

Visiting hours are Sunday, November 21st from 2:00-7:00 pm in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10:30 am in the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Milford. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Liberty House, 75 West Baker Street, Manchester, NH 03103. Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford. To leave an online condolence, please go to