n Henry Pipes
June 29, 1924 - April 19, 2012
Funeral service for John Henry Pipes, 87, Lawton, will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Becker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with Dr. Norma Quinn officiating.
Mr. Pipes died Thursday in Midwest City, Oklahoma.
Burial with military honors will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens under the direction of the Becker Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
John Pipes was born June 29, 1924 in Terrell, TX to Charles & Rosa Pipes. Later, the family moved to Lawton when he was a boy. As one of six children, he grew up in a farming family, helping his family earn a living raising wheat and cotton.
After graduation from Lawton High School in 1942, he entered the U.S. Army, serving his country during World War II. As a member of 187th Combat Engineers John fought in the European Theatre of Operations. This division was a vital part of the taking of the Rhine and the subsequent push into Germany. During that battle he was awarded the Bronze Star for risking his life to save a wounded comrade, pulling him to safety under fire. After the war, he joined the U.S. Army Reserves, retiring with the rank of Major.
After returning home he met the love of his life, Barbara Ruth Hutchins. The couple married on December 20, 1947, then moved to Norman to attend The University of Oklahoma. During their time at OU, John and Barbara enjoyed the campus life, going to classes together and attending football games in the fall, supporting their beloved Sooners. While at OU, John earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Following graduation they returned to Lawton to establish a home. Shortly after returning home, John was employed at Fort Sill, in the Training Aides Division, where he worked until his retirement in 1983.
He and Barbara had three children, David, Kevin and Kathy. John’s greatest joy was his family. He was active in Boy Scouts of America with his sons and became a Scout Master.
Johnny liked to stay busy and he loved his simple life in the country. Be that spending time in his workshop with one of his many woodworking projects, outside with his pecan trees or on the tractor. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and spending time with his kids, grandkids and friends.
John had an infectious smile and charm that drew people to him. He had a big heart and generous soul. All who knew him were touched by his sweet disposition and fun loving nature.
After the passing of his loving wife Barbara last summer John moved to Norman to be closer to his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his son, Kevin Pipes, Norman; daughter, Kathy Gragg and her husband Rob, Norman; daughter-in-law, Linda Pipes, Edmond; grandsons, Adam & Jeremy Pipes, Edmond; Turner Pipes, Norman; and family members, Mary Virginia Ozier and her sons Rand and Lance. He will also be missed by many cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara and his son, David.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Oklahoma Chapter, 6465 South Yale, Suite 206, Tulsa OK 74136-7804.
Born: June 29, 1924
Place of Birth: Terrell, Texas
Death: April 19, 2012
Place of Death: Norman, Oklahoma