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Posted: 9/5/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

"I have never known my father. He and my mother divorced when I was 6 months old. My mother has indicated that he was abusive. I spoke with his mother about 15 years ago, but can no longer find her. I have been told I have a 1/2 sister, but have never met her. He has never tried to find me, but I would like to find him to basically ask him why??? Why has he never tried to find me?

"My name is Jeanne and I was abandoned. Do you have any idea what its like to grow up wondering what did I do wrong? and why didn't he want me? My mother keeps telling me I'm better off without him because he was abusive. How can any child be better off without a father? I feel like half a person. His name is Chuck Kiper. He was born in Illinois and was last seen in Arizona. Please help me find him so I can get some answers and confront him for abandoning me as a child."

Jeanne first contacted Search Quest America in April. Recently, her case was solved, but not the way she expected. Charles Edward Kiper died at 62 in his home in Pine City, Minnesota on November 4, 2002. After his service in the military, he made a living as an electronics professional, repairing televisions and radios for his neighbors and friends. Prior to his death, he suffered from cancer for many years and was wheelchair bound because of it. From his obituary, Jeanne learned that he had six children, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and a large extended family.

Instead of planning what to say to him when she meets him in person, Jeanne is struggling to cope with his death and planning to visit his gravesite in Minneapolis. "Somehow, I just never expected him to be dead, thats all. I have played out our reunion and over and over again in my head and I always imagined getting to ask him WHY he abandoned me and never tried to find me. Now all I can do is hope for a good relationship with my siblings and maybe get some answers that way. My entire life I have imagined him being a difficult, even abusive man. I never imagined him sick with cancer and wheelchair bound. Somehow I will have to reconcile my disappointment and content myself with getting to know him vicariously through my half-siblings. This definitely isn't the ending I was hoping for, but I'm still glad I searched."

(Written by Mica Burton on Jeanne's behalf.)

Client ID#243155
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