88, Ormond Beach, Florida, formerly of Carmel, Indiana, died February 2, 2013 in Ormond Beach, Fl. He was born in Hibbing, Minnesota, January 5, 1925, one of six children to Ernest and Helen (McDowell) Lippman. Sisters, Lynn, Claire and Sue, and a brother Ed, preceded him in death. A sister, Margaret Harrison and brother-in-law survive him.
John's wife of 40 years, Alma Joyce (Bex), passed away in 1988. They had two sons, Ernest Lippman (Cynthia), of Elburn, Illinois, and Stephen Lippman (Vicki Miller/Eric Miller,Brownsburg,IN) who passed away in 1998. Four grandchildren, Julie Honer, Carrie Lamb, Kate Blauert and Matt Lippman and five great grandchildren also survive. His caring partner of 18 years, Mary Jo Saplin survives.
John graduated from Wyoming Ohio High School in 1943, despite having a deferment due to the death of his father, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and received the Purple Heart from wounds received during the battle for Okinawa. John definitely had the DNA of the Greatest Generation. One of his special memories of his time in the Marines was when he and two other Marines had breakfast at the home of Eddie Cantor, in Beverly Hills, CA. That same day, Mr. Cantor flew to San Francisco and set the all time record for selling war bonds. The Great Depression, World War II and his courageous parents, framed and shaped his views and outlook on life.
John had a 35 year career with Montgomery Ward that included management, at store, district and corporate levels. He graduated from from Ohio State University School of business in 1948.. John was a longtime resident of Indiana and loved Lake Wawasee and Carmel.
He was a great sports fan, Ohio State Football (Go Buckeyes), Indianapolis Colts and Nascar.
John also enjoyed walking the beach at the Atlantic Ocean, collecting antique toys, flea markets and Philly cheese steaks. He was a member of the Carmel, IN. V.F.W. Post 10003, The Carmel, IN. American Legion Post 155, and a lifetime member of the D.A.V. John was charter president of the Waterford A.O.A, Carmel, and was an active member of the Lenox Trace Condo Assoc., Carmel, Indiana..
Per his wishes cremation has taken place. A private family celebration of his life will be held at a later date at Lake Wawasee, Indiana. If there are flea markets or antique shows in heaven, you will meet John there.