Donald Roy Ypma (1935 - 2007)

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Donald Roy Ypma, 72, of Belgrade passed away Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital following a battle with brain cancer. He joins his parents, Ray and Dorothy Ypma, and brother, Ray Lee Ypma.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Denise; sons, Owen (Megan) Ypma of Belgrade, Jim Ypma of Yucaipa, Calif., and Brian Spaulding of Asotin, Wash.; brothers, Les (Donna) Ypma and Ken (Sharon) Ypma, both of Manhattan; and grandchildren, Jessica Lyn Spaulding, Shelby Ypma and Bridger Donald Ypma.

He was born June 28, 1935, in Bozeman Deaconess Hospital to Ray and Dorothy Ypma. He graduated from Manhattan High School in 1953.

He served in the army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division from 1956 to 1958.

He married Denise Lyn Aldrich on Sept. 6, 1973. They farmed four miles southwest of Manhattan until 1995 when they sold the farm and moved into Manhattan. He drove school bus for Manhattan Schools for 10 years. In 2003 they moved to Belgrade upon finishing their new home.

Don grew up with a love of outdoor sports. As a youth he enjoyed training and riding horses. Hunting and fishing were lifelong interests that he passed on to his sons. For many years Don and Denise enjoyed traveling, snowmobiling and taking motorcycle trips together. He remained an avid motorcycle rider and rode as often as he could. He dearly loved and enjoyed his family, especially the grandchildren with whom he had a special bond.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Gallatin Gateway Community Church, with Pastor Dan Mulder officiating.

The family would like to thank Bozeman Deaconess Hospital staff for their kind and attentive care during our time of need. Memorials are suggested to Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, 931 Highland Blvd., Bozeman 59715.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 2, 2007
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