Charles Robert Pippitt, 74, of Littleton, Colo., died from prostate cancer May 14, 2013, in Centennial, Colo. Celebration of Life will be at 1 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2013, at the Loess Hills Funeral Home in Glenwood with military honors and burial in the Glenwood Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Prostate Cancer Research Institute, Disabled American Veterans, VFW
Post 4666 Member Fund or All Veterans Honor Guard.
Charles, the youngest of three children of Leslie R. Pippitt and Evelyn (Buffington) Pippitt, was born Aug. 19, 1938, in Glenwood. He was a farm boy who attended rural school through the fourth grade and subsequently attended the Glenwood schools through high school. Charles obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1970.
Charles was employed from age 14, starting at the Safeway Store and continuing with Harless and Son's service station through high school. Upon graduation, he was employed by Omaha Public Power District in 1957. In 1965, after completing a 10-year service in the Iowa National Guard 34th Infantry Division, he volunteered for active duty in the United States Army
Infantry. In 1975, he retired from the Army with 20 years of service with the rank of major. His active duty service included two one-year tours of duty in South Vietnam and one three-year tour of duty at a NATO training center in Germany.
As a young man, Charles was an avid hunter. He was active in the Methodist Church choir and held each of the elected offices in the Glenwood Lions Club. After his military retirement, he worked as a real estate broker and an insurance agent. His working career culminated with 10 years of services with the U.S. Postal Service in 2000. This retirement provided Charles and Deloma with years of travel and enjoyment with their grandchildren.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents and sister Margaret Drake. He is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Deloma Pippitt of Littleton; daughter Shawn Hollis, son-in-law Scott and granddaughter Amy; daughter Chri Pope, son-in-law Duke and grandsons, Joshua and Reece; sister Marilyn Davis and brother-in-law Stanley; his dear nieces and nephews and friends.