Earl Lester Stipp, 87, of Rossville, passed away at 10:50 p.m. Aug. 28, 2013 at Heritage Manor Rehabilitation and Senior Living in Hoopeston.
He was born Nov. 28, 1925 in Hoopeston, the son of Dalph and Lilie (Martin) Stipp. He married Geneva B. Remole on Oct. 27, 1946 in Potomac. She survives in Rossville.
He is also survived by one daughter, Patricia (Danny) Eckert, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; three sons: Richard (Nancy) Stipp, of Hoopeston, Michael (Karen) Stipp, of Normal, and Jeffrey (Holli) Stipp, of Danville; one sister, Myra Leigh, of Mesa, Ariz.; one sister-in-law, Jennie Stipp, of Hoopeston; 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his late son Jerry's wife, Karen (Dan) McLean, of Xenia, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Jerry Stipp, one brother Ray Stipp and one brother-in-law Don Leigh.
Earl was a farmer and also the owner and operator of Hoopeston Fertilizer Company for 54 years. He was a member of the Community Church of the Nazarene in Hoopeston, where he had previously served as a church board member and past Sunday school teacher. He was also active in The Gideons International, was a past school board member and a past Pony League coach, only losing one game in three years. He served in the United States Army Air Corp from 1944-1946, where he was a radar mechanic in the 762nd Bomb Squadron in Italy.
Earl enjoyed spending time with his family and watching his kids and grandkids' sporting events and concerts. He also enjoyed golfing, pitching horseshoes, bowling and watching baseball, especially the Chicago Cubs. Earl was also an antique tool collector and was known by many as the Winchester man.
A visitation will be held 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. Wednesday September 4, 2013 at the Hoopeston Community Church of the Nazarene 402 E. Honeywell Ave. Hoopeston, IL. There will also be a visitation 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Thursday September 5, 2013 at the church and the funeral will follow at 11:00 A.M. Thursday at the church, with Pastor Jeff Alexander officiating. Burial will be at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston and military rites will be accorded by the Hoopeston American Legion and VFW
Memorials may be made to the Community Church of the Nazarene 402 E. Honeywell Ave. Hoopeston, IL 60942.
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Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is in charge of the arrangements.