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Jefferson, Ohio - Larry L. Lipps, age 76, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 1, 2018, after suffering a stroke Wednesday evening. It was a sad day but also an amazing one. He was surrounded by family and friends and many prayers. He was born on December 31, 1941, to Vine Edith (Petrie) and Leonard John Lipps. Growing up on a farm in New Lyme, he learned the values of a noble life from a loving mother and father. His love of God, Country, and Family were those values.
He was a proud 1959 graduate of New Lyme Deming High School, serving as class president his senior year. He served in the United States Air Force with the 32nd Weather Squadron MATS, in Oklahoma City. He was a weather observer and was the weather advisor for Air Force One under President John F. Kennedy. He retired in 2002 after working 37 years at Lincoln Electric Co. in Euclid, Ohio. He was a member of the Ashtabula First Church of the Nazarene and served his church by helping to organize and run the annual Naz-Car Cruise-In. Larry met his soulmate, Janet E. Muse, in November 1993, and after a courtship of only six weeks, they were married April 2, 1994. He liked to travel on the back roads and explore the United States. He and Janet had just returned from a month long trip through AL, FL, GA, SC, NC, TN, KY, IN, and OH. He was a part of the Mugs 6 oclock Coffee Group in Jefferson.
Larry was a lifetime member of the Ashtabula Co. Antique Engine Club serving as president for 8 years and was part of the weekly work day crew serving as groundskeeper. He was a tractor and car enthusiast. He, like most Lipps men, could spot a tractor or antique car hidden behind the barn or bushes and know exactly what it was. Larry was also a member of the Ashtabula Co. Covered Bridge Society and the Jefferson Historical Society. In thinking of others, Larry was an organ donor for Life Banc.
He is survived by his loving wife of twenty-three years, Janet; his daughter, Randi K. Lipps of East Canton, Ohio; two sons, John F. (Marcie) Lipps of Fairport Harbor, Ohio and Nathan L. Lipps of Fairfield, Ohio; two step-daughters, Chris M. (Dana) Wade of Parma, Ohio and Lisa A. (Rob Duncan) Jewell of Madison, Ohio; 15 grandchildren, Ashley, Mallory, Ryan, Riley, Jacob, Johnathan, Kayana, Lee Michael, Zachery, Sydney, Hannah, Shelby, Leah, Justin, and Alex; 2 great-granddaughters, Skyler and Aria and one-on-the way; his brother, Bart (Pam) Lipps of Live Oak, Florida, and his sister, Linda (Jim) Hall of Jefferson; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 11:00am at Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 134 Prospect Street, Andover, Ohio with Pastors Michael Legg Ret. and Ron Seigmund officiating. Burial will follow in Hayes Cemetery, Wayne, Ohio. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, March 6th, 3:00pm until 7:00pm and 1 hour prior to funeral service on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ashtabula First Church of the Nazarene, 1820 S Ridge Road W, Ashtabula, Ohio, 44004, or the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club, P O Box 168, Williamsfield, OH 44093 in Larrys name. An online guestbook is available at www.baumgardnerfuneralhomes.com
Published on March 3, 2018
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