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Harold C. Lipe passed away Sept. 2, 2013, after a long battle against heart disease.
Harold was born in Filmore, Ill. May 8, 1922, and grew up on the family farm in Witt, Ill.
At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Army and proudly served in Company D, Second Infantry. He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained as an ambulance driver behind enemy lines during World War II. After the war, he worked mostly in heavy construction.
Harold moved to Oregon, where he met and married his wife of 66 years, Euphemia Ann (Bigby) Lipe, who survives him along with two sons, William "Bill" and wife Brenda and James "Jim" Lipe and daughter Marleen Wilson. Two other sons, Bernie Bigby and Harold "Babe" Lipe, preceded him in death.
His extended family includes Teri Starbuck, Marge Lipe, and a treasure trove of grandchildren, including Kevin Bigby, Kelly Wright, Mickey, Bubba, and Jason Lipe, Ryan Lipe and Tosha Nanni, Josh Lipe, Monty Shults, Dawn Shults and Kelly Thomas. Sure to put a smile on his face were visits from his 35-plus great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Harold enjoyed pitching horseshoes and spent many hours practicing in his horseshoe pit. At the age of 90, he was still throwing double ringers nearly every cast. When not pitching shoes, he was walking through sagebrush looking for arrowheads. The stories he told as he walked along with his sharpened stick scratching at the obsidian will be recalled and retold with the same emphasis and delight as when he told us.
Most Saturdays, he looked forward to a lively game of cribbage with son "Babe" (now deceased) and more recently with Jim. Throughout his life, Harold's best friend was brother-in-law Taylor Bigby.
A special thanks to High Desert Hospice workers Barbara, Carla and Bonnie.
Memorial services with military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Pelican Post No. 1383 and volunteers will be 10 a.m. Saturday at in Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd, now at 2680 Memorial Drive, Klamath Falls, Ore., 541-883-3458.
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Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd
2680 Memorial Drive Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Published in Herald And News on Sept. 5, 2013