Henry Downer "Hank" Piper
Henry Downer "Hank" Piper, 95, of Mt. Vernon died 2:25 p.m. April 25,
2005, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. He was a
farmer and owner of Piper Farms.
Mr. Piper was born Dec. 1, 1909, in Jefferson County to Henry R. and
Sara Agnes (Collins) Piper. He married Dorothy Louise (McLaughlin) Piper
Sept. 28, 1929, in Mt. Vernon; she preceded him in death Aug. 20, 1991.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home in
Mt. Vernon. Jason Newell will officiate. Burial will follow at Mt. Vernon
Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hughey
Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
Mr. Piper is survived by three sons, William H. Piper and wife Marguerite of
Mt. Vernon, Thomas T. Piper and wife Cuma of Mt. Vernon and Michael H.
"Mike" Piper and wife Barbara of Mt. Vernon; two daughters, Mary Ann
Linn and husband Jim of Beech Grove, Ind., and Nancy Sue Phillips and
husband Joe of Gatlin, Ind.; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a great-grandson, Chris Piper;
a daughter, Nita Jane "Janie' Shurtz; two brothers, Harold and Edwin Piper; and
three sisters, Myrtus Piper Brehm, Leila Piper Legg and Pauline Piper Glazebrook.
Mr. Piper was a pioneer in the sport and was known as the "Grandfather of
Tractor Pulling". He was a grand national champion tractor puller, a member
of the National Tractor Pullers Association and a member of the state
conferences in Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia and Ohio, traveling all over
the U.S. and Canada in pursuit of the sport. He also raced boats as a
hobby, was a private pilot and lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol, a
board member of McClellan School, a Soil and Water Conservation director
and a member of the National Farmers Association.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and
will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home,
P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864. Arrangements have been entrusted to the
care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 242-3348 for further
Date: 27 Apr 2005
Submitted by: Robert W. Loman