Pippenger, James Fredrick
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Mar. 15, 1931 - Sep. 28, 2013
"Anything worth doing," Jim Pippenger liked to say, "is worth doing right." He lived these words - as a husband, father, businessman, and community leader - for 82 years. He died in Sarasota on September 28, 2013, family at his side, after a brief illness. Jim was born in Dayton, Ohio on March 15, 1931, the first child of James F. and Helen Mullen Pippenger. While attending Fairview High School he began dating Louise Ann Requarth; they were graduated in 1949 and married in 1952. After serving in the US Army in Tokyo during the Korean Conflict, Jim returned to Dayton. He earned a business degree at Sinclair Community College and joined the fourth generation management and ownership at the Requarth Lumber Co., where he worked from 1957 until he retired in 1990. Jim's commitment to doing things right made him a respected community volunteer. He held leadership positions with the Shiloh Park Cemetery, National Association of Credit Management, Ohio Lumbermen's Association, Good Samaritan Hospital, Rotary Club of Dayton, and many others. Harrison Township voters elected him three times to serve as trustee and, in 1970, he was appointed to a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. Jim loved the game of golf and valued the many friendships he and Louise formed while playing at Miami Valley Golf Club, where he was president in 1982-83. After retiring to Sarasota, Jim was active in the Misty Creek community and hosted international Rotary District Governors in his home. He rang a bell for the Salvation Army at Christmas and drove a golf cart carrying patients to and from the parking lot of Memorial's HealthFit. He represented fellow residents on the Glenridge Advisory Council and was a member of Gulf Gate Rotary Club, serving as its president in 2011-12. An avid nature photographer, he produced notecards from his colorful pictures of Florida wildlife and distributed them freely to friends and acquaintances. Jim's dedication to his community was exceeded only by his devotion to his family. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Louise, his son Alan (Marsha), daughter Karen Summers, and five grandchildren: Laura and Nathan Pippenger, Emily Shortes (Sean), and Aaron and Philip Summers. Jim is also survived by his brother Ralph (Miriam Hoefflin). A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, October 5 at 3:00 p.m. at the Glenridge on Palmer Ranch. A private interment will be held at Sarasota National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the foundations of the Dayton Rotary Club or the Church of the Palms. Arrangements are entrusted to Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Venice. www.kays-ponger.com
Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Homes & Crematory Services
1935 Tamiami Trl S Venice, FL 34293
Published in Herald Tribune from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2013