Paul L. Kuipers
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Paul L. Kuipers, 85, of Lafayette, passed away at 6:55 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at IU Health Arnett Hospital. Born February 12, 1928 in Lafayette, he was the son of the late Garrett and Margaret (Vanderkleed) Kuipers. He was a 1946 graduate, and Valedictorian, of Shadeland School and received his Bachelors degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1951 from Purdue University.
Paul married Alberta Huizenga on February 16, 1951 at the Lafayette Christian Reformed Church. She preceded him in death on April 30, 1985. Paul farmed his entire life in Shadeland, IN. He was a co-founder of the Union Township, Shadeland Fire Department in 1961 and was fire chief for 25 years. He was a member of the Tri-County Fire Association. Paul served on the road and planning committees for the town of Shadeland and the building committee for McCutcheon High School. He was a member of Farm Bureau, 4-H Exhibit Association, Tippecanoe County Pork Producers, and Fraternal Order of Police. He was involved in many community activities and civic organizations.
Surviving are his children, Michael L. Kuipers (wife, Donna), Gary D. Kuipers, and Jean A. Mull (husband, Brent) all of Lafayette; a sister, Mary Plantenga (husband, Harold) of Lafayette; four grandchildren, Christopher Kuipers (companion, Amanda), Kenneth Kuipers, and Amy Mull all of Lafayette and Bradley Mull of Evansville; and two great-granddaughters, Kaelyn and Miley Kuipers. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Brian Mull.
Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Hippensteel Funeral Home, with Fireman's Last Call at 7 p.m. Funeral service 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Mark Bonnes officiating. Burial to follow at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Lafayette Christian Reformed Church or the donor's favorite charity. Hippensteel Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
Published in the Journal & Courier from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2, 2013