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Dennis Lee "Boog" Pieper
Dennis Lee "Boog" Pieper, 73, of Waterloo, IL, died November 18, 2020, in Waterloo, IL. He was born December 11, 1946, in East St. Louis, IL.
He is survived by his mother Dorothy Pieper (nee Luhr); grandchildren, Jacob Hill, Hannah Walters, Sophia Walters, and Noah Rose; and step-daughter, Marla (nee Gummersheimer) (Scott) Rose; cousins; and friends.
Dennis is preceded in death by his wife Joan E. Pieper nee Kremmel; father Harold W. "Mick" Pieper; and brother Gary G. Pieper
Denny had a heart for baseball. Starting in 1962, he played for Fults, Maeystown, Waterloo, and Valmeyer with the Mon-Clair League, in 1965 he played on the Waterloo High School team that made it to the state playoffs, and from 1967-1968 he played at SIUE, until his almost fatal car accident that left him unable to continue to play. This is when he began his career as a coach. In 1970 he became the assistant baseball coach at SIUE and from 1988-1997 he was the head baseball coach at McKendree College. From 1971 to present, Denny has been the head baseball coach for the Valmeyer Lakers. In 1973 he started the Infamous Valmeyer Mid-Summer Classic Tournament. His team won 5 Valmeyer Tournament Championships, 13 Mon-Clair League Championship Appearances, 7 Mon-Clair League Championships, and 1 Mon-Clair League Division Championship. Denny was the Head Coach of the Pan American Games. He was inducted into the Mon-Clair Hall of Fame in 1993, earned the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019 - the highest honor bestowed upon an individual from the Mon-Clair Baseball Association, and in 2020, Borsch Field was dedicated to him and is now called the "Dennis Pieper Field".
He made an opportunity for boys to become men on the baseball fields. On opportunity to play, learn, progress skills, succeed, and even fail, but most importantly how to depend on each other and always get back up. The Lakers are a family because that's what he created.
As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to:
Dennis Pieper Baseball Scholarship Fund
c/o Bob Hill 311 S. Main St. Columbia, IL
12 Noon to 1 PM Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Dennis Pieper Baseball Field at Borsch Park
1 PM Sunday, November 22, 2020 at
Dennis Pieper Baseball Field at Borsch Park in Valmeyer, IL
Pastor R.J. Morgan officiating
Graveside service will be Monday 11 AM at St. Paul Evangelical Cemetery in Columbia, IL
Please follow all CDC guidelines. Masks required.
I met Dennis when he was at SIUE as an assistant baseball coach to head coach Roy Lee, when Dennis was working with the Cougars baseball teams in the early 1970s. At that time, fellow Monroe County baseball players Willis Bundy and Ron Rolfing were also there. Dennis was a student of the game. I later saw him at various games when he was managing in the Mon-Clair League. He lived the life he cherished - he was able to be a baseball lifer on his terms. Everyone was uplifted and benefitted by being around Dennis. He was a class act, in baseball and in life. Condolences to the Pieper family.
Edward J. Blake, Jr. Nov 22 2020 12:00 AM
Denny was a great guy!! Always a smile on his face and so kind. RIP
Bonnie Nov 22 2020 12:00 AM
Dorothy, please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of both of your sons this year. I am one of Justin and Norma Zipfels sons. We were Purina feed dealer in Red Bud when you and your husband were also a Purina dealer many years ago.
Charles and Bertie Zipfel
Charles Zipfel Nov 21 2020 12:00 AM
What more can one say about Denny Pieper. A man that dedicated his life to the great game of baseball. A man that always wanted the best for his young players. A man that often gave overlooked players a chance to show what they could do at the next level, when others did not, and always wanted the very best for his young players. A man that had a positive impact on so many people, in and out of baseball. A man that forgot more about baseball than most people will ever know about the game. A man that resurrected my college baseball career, and instilled in me the confidence to compete at a high level. I am forever grateful. Not only was Denny an icon in this game, but also a mentor and friend to so many. What a huge loss in the baseball world, even more so locally. RIP Denny "Boog" Pieper.
Mark W. Doerr
Mark W. Doerr Nov 21 2020 12:00 AM