Robert Samuel Klipping

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Robert Samuel Klipping passed away with quiet dignity and courage in the home that he designed, viewing Pikes Peak, surrounded by loving family members. It seems a daunting task to capture the essence of this great man in one paragraph but we will try. He was born in Glasston, North Dakota in 1928 and grew up in Elk River, Minnesota. He served in the military in California and relocated to Colorado Springs where he fell in love with and married Gayle Swanson. He graduated from Colorado College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology in 1953. He went on to work as a successful geophysicist with a passion for his work for over 60 years. Early in his career his job took his family to many locations in the rocky mountain region where he shared his passion for the beauty of the outdoors with his wife and three daughters. In 1966 his job took him to Denver, where he worked for Pennzoil as their Exploration Manager for the Rocky Mountain Region. In 1979 Robert formed his own Consulting and Exploration Company, which he operated for 33 years. He was a member of the Denver Geophysical Society, The Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, The American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Robert had passionate interests in astronomy, history, architecture and archeology. He collected antique cars and was an unparalleled woodworker, gardener and landscaper. Robert never missed an opportunity to laugh and tell a joke over good food, good drink and with good people. Robert instilled in his family an extraordinary passion for life, reverence for nature, and awe-inspiring dedication to his family, which will be carried on in our hearts forever. Robert was preceded in his death by his parents, Roy Klipping and Marie Klipping and his siblings, Lona Sage, Wayne Klipping, Marian Klipping, Jeanne Klipping, Phyllis Hefner, Inez Klipping Elliott, Doris Eggleston, Rochelle Thomson and Richard Klipping. Robert Klipping is survived by his wife Gayle, their three daughters, Barbara Schwartz, Sharon Klipping and Joan Klipping, his brother Vernon Klipping, and brothers in law, Myron and Edward Swanson, Barbara's husband, Dr. Michael Schwartz, and Joan's fiance, Christopher Findlater. He is survived by his grandchildren, Jeremy Schwartz, Chris Schwartz, Matt Bodenchuk and Julie Bodenchuk. Robert Klipping is also survived by his nephews and nieces including his nephew Robert Elliott and his wife Tamarinde Doane, The Gizzi Family, The Sage Family, The Eggleston Family, The Thomson Family, The Wayne Klipping Family, The Swanson Family, The Herber Family, The Kaufman Family and The Davis Family. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest donations to Pikes Peak Hospice. A memorial service for Robert Klipping will be held on Saturday, the 28th of April, 2012 visitation will be at 10:00 Am with service to follow at 11:00 AM, Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 3825 Airport Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80910. A reception will be following the service at Mosaic Restaurant located at the Inn at Palmer Divide, 443 South Hwy 105, Palmer Lake, CO 80133.


Published in The Gazette on Apr. 27, 2012