John Richard Paiper

October 29, 1940 - May 20, 2021

John Richard Paiper, age 80, of Lewes, DE and formerly of New Castle, DE, passed away on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

Born in Baltimore, MD, on October 29, 1940, Richard honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy and then went on to own and operate Lenape Builders, Inc. for 38 years until his retirement in 2016. He was a member of the American Legion,  and enjoyed reading, gardening, and eating crabs with friends and family in his spare time.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Louise (Breeding) Paiper; children, Brenda Alexander, Lorrie Yaletchko, Edward Brown, and William Brown; his little man Colton and a host of additional grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 12 pm on Friday, May 28, 2021, at Delaware City Fire Company, 815 5th Street, Delaware City, DE, followed by a memorial service at 12 pm. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023.


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16 Condolences for John Richard Paiper

  • We love you and Richard! Sending prayers, love and hugs as we remember you at this difficult time.

  • Special prayers for the family

  • richard was a really nice person i had the pleasure of working for him and meeting him he was a very caring man and loved his family especially his wife louise sorry for your loss heaven gained a great person amen 🙏

  • Louise and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort during this difficult time. 💞✨🙏🏻

  • My very sincere sympathy for your loss

  • So sorry for your loss. May God welcome him into heaven. Thinking of you at this most difficult time.

  • Louise so sorry for your loss prayers for you and your family may he RIP.

  • My Thoughts and prayers are with everyone

  • My prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss.
    Love Melissa Myers

  • Louise, Richard was a great guy. We always enjoyed our time spent with him. He was a gracious host, and he had a wonderful sense of humor. Thank you for taking such good care of him to the end. Love you snd praying for you.

  • Our condolences on your loss, Richard was a special person.

  • Louise,
    Reese and I are very sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  • Richard was a great person gave us a start with his company , and helped me build my house. I have nothing but respect and appreciation for him .Rest in peace Richard you will be missed.

  • Richard was a talented builder and provided homes for thousands of Delaware families. He was a friend and I enjoyed working with him for 36 years. I will miss him. My condolences to his family.

  • Louise and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Richard was a great guy and honestly the best home builder in Delaware. He will be missed dearly by everyone he knew. Sorry wasn’t able to make it up today to the viewing but you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Hi Louise Bob Forest and I are sorry for your loss