ORLAND - Wesley V. Pipher, 90, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. The oldest of three boys, Wesley was born Aug. 31, 1922, in Birmingham, Ala., to Wesley Vernon and Vera Mae (Brewer) Pipher. Wesley and his brothers, William and Charles (Chuck) grew up in the Flossmoor, Ill., area.
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He was an Eagle Scout. He left the University of Chicago to study architecture under Mies van der Rohe at I.I.T., where he received his degree, and was a veteran of two wars; World War II and the Korean War. On June 30, 1945, he married Charlotte Applewhite and settled in White Plains, N.Y., where they raised four children. In 1980, they moved to Washington, D.C., where Wesley was head of drafting for the architect to the U.S. Capital. Both Wesley and Charlotte were active members of First Baptist Church of Washington, D.C., where they shared many good years with members and friends.
In 1991, Wesley and Charlotte retired to Orland and opened The Sign of the Amiable Pig B&B, which they operated for 15 years. Known for their blueberry coffee cake, they enjoyed entertaining and having guests in their home. Wesley was a constant figure and very active in church always ready with a helping hand. He loved opera, gardening, bread baking, swimming and fishing. He had a great life and now he's with his beloved Charlotte, the only girl he ever loved. The world as a whole has lost a good man, a true gentleman, righteous in every sense of the word, with a terrific laugh and big smile.
Wesley was predeceased by his wife, Charlotte, in 2006. He is survived by his three sons, Calvin, Davis and Winfield "Wink;" daughter, Martha Mosia; and three grandchildren, Virginia and Melissa Mosia and Grayson Pipher.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Orland United Methodist Church. Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Orland. There will be a gathering of conversation and refreshments immediately after the service in the parish hall. Arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell -Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 28 Elm St., Bucksport. www.Mitchelltweedie-young.com
Published in BDN Maine on Nov. 30, 2012