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Walter H. Pipes

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Walter H. Pipes died Saturday, June 4, 2011, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.  He was born May 20, 1921, near Downsville, LA and was residing at the War Veterans Home in Monroe, LA. Walter was a graduate of Choudrant High School, attended Louisiana Tech, and was a member of the Louisiana Tech Boxing Team.  On October 20, 1940 he entered the U. S. Marine Corp.  During World War II he served in the South Pacific as a Sergeant with the 8th Marines, Second Division. He fought and was injured in the Battle of Guadalcanal.  From there he was sent to New Zealand to recover from severe malaria and battle fatigue.  Upon returning to the United States he received a Honorable Discharge in November 1945. He married Elizabeth (Betty) Didier and was employed by Pacific Bell Co. in California.  After retirement from Pacific Bell, he worked for the Angeles Baseball Team in the Security and Parking System.  In 1997, he and Betty moved to Ruston, LA.  Walter was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; parents, Wade H. (Tobe) and Eliza Allen Pipes; sister, Doris; and brother, Truman. Mr. Pipes is survived by his sister, Mary Glynn Winham; brother, Bert Pipes; and numerous nieces and nephews. Military graveside services will be 9:30 AM Monday, June 6, 2011 at the Longstraw Cemetery in Choudrant, LA.  Visitation will be immediately following the service. The family request remembrances are made in his honor to the U. S. Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, P. O. Box 998, Quantico, VA 22134-0996; Louisiana Military Museum, 201Memorial Drive Ruston, LA  71270; or Longstraw Cemetery Fund, 199 Mosswood Road, Choudrant, LA  71227. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.

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