DICK DALE GIPE, 88, of Columbia City, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, 1 a.m., at Parkview Oaks. Born on May 11, 1925, in Columbia City, he was the son of Murl E. and Elderine F. (Thom pson) Gipe. When he was a year old, his mother passed away and at the age of 10, Dick lost his father as a result of an auto accident. He was then raised by his grandparents, Adam and Mary Gipe and aunt, Neva Gipe. He graduated from Coesse High School with the Class of 1943. He served in the Army during World War II from August of 1944 thru March of 1947. He was stationed in Germany from January until July of 1945, serving in the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaign with the 95th Infantry Division. Among his numerous medals, he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star. On May 1, 1949, he married Roberta J. Andrew at Lake Chapel Methodist. They honeymooned at Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell, Ind. and he always enjoyed going back there along with other State Parks. Dick worked at Dana Corporation Fort Wayne from June of 1947 to June of 1987 and retired on June 1, 1987 with 40 years of service. He was a member of Columbia City United Methodist Church, where he served as an usher for many years and on the Administration Board. Dick was an avid book reader and especially liked books about history and weather. One of his favorite authors was Louis L'Amour and his stories about the American West. He loved recording music and spent many hours recording music from records to cassettes. He enjoyed gardening, watching and feeding the birds. Dick also enjoyed attending athletic events of his children and grandchildren and missed very few until his health prevented him from going. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Roberta J. Gipe; sons, Duane L. (Kathy) Gipe of Lafayette and Robert D. Gipe of Columbia City; daughters, Anne K. (Larry) Easterday of Warsaw and Jeanne E. (Steve) Cox of Columbia City; grandchildren, Derick (Tatum) Gipe and Morgan Gipe, both of Indianapolis, Christina (Tim) Tylinski of West Chester, Ohio, Brent (Lindy) Cox of Columbia City and Lauren Easterday of Warsaw; and great-grandsons, Marshall Cox and Ethan Tylinski. He was preceded in death by his parents, Murl and Elderine Gipe; grandparents, Adam and Mary Gipe and Scott and Matilda Thompson; a special aunt, Neva Gipe; and a 16 year old granddaughter, Megan Easterday, in 1997. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. The Rev. David Arnold and the Rev. Steve Austin officiating. Visitation is from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at the funeral home. Burial will follow service in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Gipe's memory to Columbia City U.M.C. Building Fund, Heartland Hospice or Parkview Oaks Activity Department. To send family condolences or sign the guest register book, Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com
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Demoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home
600 Country Side Dr Columbia City, IN 46725
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Nov. 22, 2013