Marven Ray Tippetts, 69, of Rochester, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.
Ray was born on Sept. 10, 1944, in Payson, Utah, to Marven and Ione Tippetts. He was the second of seven children and grew up in Utah before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corp in 1961. He was honorably discharged during basic training due to complications from an earlier injury. He went on to meet and marry Marsha Sisson in a whirlwind courtship in 1967, after which they relocated to Marsha's hometown in southeastern Minnesota where Ray lived and worked until retirement in 2009. He was a seven-year lung cancer survivor.
Ray enjoyed fishing, tinkering in his workshop and losing himself in a new book. He was a loving husband and an amazing father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He loved to share stories about his diverse experiences as a jack-of-all trades, and proudly shared with anyone who would listen about the many accomplishments of his loved ones. He was fondly referred to as "the squirrel whisperer" by his family after Ray made friends with and fed wildlife through his dining room window.
Ray is preceded in death by his father, Marven Tippetts; youngest brother, Frank Tippetts; and brother-in-law, Caine Alder.
He is survived by his wife, Marsha Tippetts; his mother, Ione Tippetts; his siblings, Irene Alder, Darnel (Camile) Tippetts, Laura Garcia, David Tippetts, Sharon Killpack and sister-in-law, Louise (Calvin) Manhart; his children, Lanny Tippetts, Jennifer Tippetts, Heather (Robert) Stallings, Jessen Tippetts and Scarlet Tippetts; and his beloved granddaughters, Kaytlin Parker, Hailley and Jordan Tippetts and Miranda Hawn.
A memorial will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 16th St. S.E. in Rochester, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. The burial will be held following the service at the Evergreen-Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove.