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.