BLUE HILL and DEER ISLE – Luther Marshall Piper Jr., born Oct. 19, 1934, died Oct. 1, 2012, in Blue Hill, the first day of duck hunting season. Luther was born and raised in the village of Blue Hill to Sylvia Marshall and Luther Monroe Piper, first living in the Pendleton Building and then the Holt House.
He married Barbara Putney in 1961 and they raised three children, Kevin Joel, Brenda Lee and Karen Ann. Luther was a plumber by trade and worked many years for Babson & Duffy. He was a member of Blue Hill Rifle and Pistol Club, working each year that he was able at their annual shoot. He was also a member of Blue Hill Volunteer Fire Department and devoted many hours to training and fighting fires for Blue Hill. He was also a member of the American Legion. He looked forward to deer hunting season and especially hunting with his friends, Walter Butler, Don Bisset, Donny Clark and Dick Osgood on Toddy Pond at the Butler Camp. He enjoyed taking his family striped bass fishing on the Union River, mackerel fishing off of the South Blue Hill wharf, trout fishing on Patten Pond and clamming on Long Island. He, his dad and his family grew a large garden every year at their camp on the Grindleville Road with enough vegetables to put up for winter. During the winter he and his family went snowmobiling, skating and sliding. He really loved spending time with his family and friends and he will be missed.
Luther is survived by his children and their families, Kevin Piper, Brenda Piper Horton and her children, Tabor Alexander Horton and Christopher Gregory Smith, and Karen Piper Martin and her husband, William “Toby,” and her children, William Bradley and Samuel Adam. He is also survived by his second wife, Rosemary Torrey Piper and her children, Linda Torrey Hodgkins, Theresa Torrey and Russell Torrey. Her oldest daughter, Nancy Torrey Gale, died earlier this year. Dad will be sadly missed by his chocolate lab, Sable; and his cat, Whiplash. The family thanks Island Nursing Home for their exceptional and compassionate care that he received while a resident.
For those wishing to make a donation in his memory please consider Island Nursing Home, 587 North Deer Isle Road, Deer Isle, ME 04627 or Bangor Humane Society.
It is believed that Luther, now that he is free of his pain-filled body, is partridge and seabird hunting with his dogs and getting ready for deer hunting season. He is also happily reconnecting with his family and friends who he has missed.