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Earl J. "Skip" Schipper


1935 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Earl J. "Skip" Schipper Obituary
Earl J. "Skip" Schipper, 78, of Holland, died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 9, 2014, doing what he enjoyed. Earl was reading a great book.

Earl was born on November 1, 1935, in Holland, to Elmer and Henrietta (Mannes) Schipper. He graduated from Holland Christian High School, Calvin College and Calvin Seminary. Earl served as the pastor to First Christian Reformed Church of Salt Lake City, Middleville CRC, and was a campus chaplain at Ohio State University. Earl worked for CRC Home Missions, and later as the first executive director of Evergreen Commons. He taught religion at Grand Rapids Christian High School and at Calvin College, and served as the executive director of the Michigan A.I.D.S. Fund. Earl was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Warren, Howard, Don and Jerry; and his first wife, Joyce (Strabbing) Schipper in 1993.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Alyce; his children, Mike (Lori) Schipper of Middleville, Jim (Leah) Schipper of Grand Rapids, Shelly Griffis of Holland; 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Ellen (Bob) Post of Dutton, Sara (Dean) McNutt of Middleville, Mary Reynolds of Holland, Howard (Robin) De Went of Middleville; sisters, Judy (Rodger) Dangremond, Carol Brink; in-laws, Ellen Schipper, Beth Schipper; several nieces and nephews.

A time to visit with the Schipper family to remember and celebrate the life of Skip will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Evergreen Commons, 480 State Street, Holland.

Memorial contributions may be made to Evergreen Commons or Bethany Christian Services.

Arrangements by Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, Holland. www.langelandsterenberg.com
Published in The Holland Sentinel on July 13, 2014
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