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Tuesday July 31st, 2018
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Wayne Arnold Pieper

Funeral services for Wayne A. Pieper, age 80, of Albert Lea, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.  Rev. Michael Lilienthal will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by local veteran’s organizations.  Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 31 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.


Wayne died Thursday, July 26, 2018 at his home.


Wayne Arnold Pieper was born March 5, 1938 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin to Arnold F. and Hilda (Peterson) Pieper from Caledonia, Minnesota. He attended St. John’s Lutheran School in Caledonia and moved with his family to Cashton, Wisconsin where he graduated from high school.  While there, he played football for the first football team at Cashton High.  He was in FFA and was Snow King of the Snow Ball and was in the Homecoming Court. On April 14, 1956, he married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Johnson at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Cashton.  He was a nine-year member of the LaCrosse Naval Reserve and was honorably discharged when the unit disbanded.


Wayne and Sandra lived in Wilton, Wisconsin where he worked for Tilman Produce until moving to Albert Lea in 1956 to take over Al’s Shoe Repair from Alfred and Margaret Pieper.  From there he formed Pieper’s Western Store and Shoe Repair on East Clark Street which he owned and operated for 50 years. The store was Wayne’s heart and soul and he was so very proud of it. He also had Compact Coffee of Southern Minnesota for several years and Chapparel Snowmobile.  He was a member of the Junior Jaycees, Optimist, Sunset Saddle Club, and Circle C Rodeo in his younger years. Wayne was active at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church serving as president and vice president for several years.  He bought his dream farm north of Twin Lakes and raised his family, along with cattle and horses.  He was an avid trout fisherman and enjoyed hunting with his son, Rick in Montana, and other hunting buddies out west. Wayne and Sandra took several fishing trips to Canada over the years and a very memorable 25th anniversary trip to Hawaii.


Wayne is survived by his wife, Sandra; son, Rick Pieper of Albert Lea; daughters, Lori Pieper of Twin Lakes, Terrie Bartness of Albert Lea, and Kathy Huglen of Crystal, Minnesota; grandchildren, Casey Bartness of Fort Bragg, Cassie Pieper of Twin Lakes, Jacob and Josh Huglen of Rochester, Jordan Huglen of Crystal; great-grandson, Ayden Ray Bartness; Brother, Gary (Carol) Pieper of Ashville, North Carolina; brother-in-law, Donald Johnson of Racine, Wisconsin; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and lifelong friends whom they dearly treasured.


Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, Emma Pieper; sisters-in-law, Joanne Schmid, Joanne Johnson; brother-in-law, James Johnson; and in-laws, Clarence and Charlotte Johnson.


Memorials are preferred to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Albert Lea, the American Heart Association, or donor’s choice.

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R I P Wayne.......... Thoughts and prayers to the entire Pieper family

Jeff Bachtle Aug 27 2018 12:00 AM

Our prayers and thoughts go out to Sandy and family! Wayne was a Special person.
Take care!
Sandy and Dennis Janusheske, Sparta, Wi.

Dennis Janusheske Aug 24 2018 12:00 AM

To Sandy and family. So sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. Our deepest sympathy to all of Wayne's family. Even though we moved from Albert Lea many years ago, there are some that you always remember. Wayne and Sandy Pieper are two that we will remember. Our sympathies to all..

Lee and Sandy Jacobson, Peoria, AZ. Aug 1 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Wayne Pieper

June Goodnature Jul 30 2018 12:00 AM

A SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent on July 30, 2018

Love, Jeanne & Robert, Jac & Mike and Kids, Kristen, Stephen & Casey and Kids

Expression of Sympathy Jul 30 2018 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. Wayne was a wonderful person, always able to make people feel comfortable and welcome. His western store was so fun to visit. He will be missed by family and friends alike. Wishing you God's peace during this time. Joan Krikava and family

joan krikava Jul 28 2018 12:00 AM

A PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent on July 28, 2018

Rest in Peace Wayne. Our deepest sympathies to all the family. All our love, Ben and Sandy Henrichs Jimmy and Jackie Blanchard

Expression of Sympathy Jul 28 2018 12:00 AM

We are saddened to hear of Wayne's passing but rejoice in knowing that he is with our Father in Heaven! We have fond memories of visiting Wayne in Albert Lea at the Western Store, when we would visit our grandparents, Alfred and Margaret Pieper. Wayne would always show us around and make us feel at home. You are all in our thoughts and prayers! In God's Love, Alfred John and Jean Pieper, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

alfred john pieper Jul 28 2018 12:00 AM

Sending thoughts and prayers to you all. I have many memories of our family driving to MN to visit at Wayne and Sandys. Wayne always made sure I had the best boots and even made sure I had a new supply of stickers from the store down the street. Rest In Peace Wayne. Jodi Wegenast Bayer

Jodi Bayer Jul 28 2018 12:00 AM