Alan E. Kipe

Alan Eugene Kipe, 81, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away on April 22, 2013, at his home with his three daughters at his side. He has joined his Beloved Wife of almost 44 years, Mary Horst Kipe, who passed away October 4, 1995. Born on May 6, 1931, Alan was the youngest son of the late Omar and Catherine Kipe of Waynesboro. He will always be the Most Wonderful Daddy to his three girls, Cheryl Yeagy and husband Malcolm (Sonny) Yeagy of Boonsboro, Md., Beverly Kipe and husband William (Bill) Nicholas of Clear Spring, Md., and Nancy Burral and husband George Burral Jr. of Boonsboro, Md. Also cherished by his seven grandchildren, their friends and spouses; Charlie Harris, Desert Rose and Pam Harris, Donavan Harris and friend Carly Wright, Nancy Rebekah (Becki) and Sean Phetteplace, all of Hagerstown, Mary and Greg Duffey of Greenwood SC, George Burral III of Funkstown, and Katti and Aaron Lehman of Boonsboro. His five great-grandchildren, Alex and Zach Albright, Riley and Skyler Lehman and Liam Duffey will all have memories of 'Pap Pap'. Alan is now rejoicing with his brother, Omar Keith Kipe and sister, Gladys Kipe Paulus. Cherishing his memory are his remaining brothers and sisters, Bishop Frank Kipe and wife Lois and Howard Kipe and wife Lois of Waynesboro Janet Hostetter Martin of Chambersburg and Lois Peckman of St Thomas, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is loved by Mary's family, the family of the late Otho and Anna Horst of Clear Spring, Md. Alan has also been blessed to have many special friends, including those he had yet to meet. Besides his family, Alan's true love was his music. He was gifted with a unique voice and the talent of playing guitar, piano and harmonica along with other instruments. He was a songwriter as well as a singer and musician. He spent many hours entertaining at area nursing homes and churches. Over the years, he played with many other talented musicians and various bands, specializing in Country and Gospel music. His own song 'Diesel in the Wind' even ended up on jukeboxes at many truck stops up and down the east coast. He attended Mountain Top Ministries in Orrtanna where he enjoyed being part of the musical programs, playing instruments and singing with other members of the congregation. Prior to that he was the Music and Choir Director of Hollowell Brethren in Christ in Waynesboro. Alan retired from Ryder PIE as a truck driver, shortly after starting Kipe's Upholstery on Longmeadow Road in Paramount. He had a very interesting and exciting life. He was a long time member of the Longmeadow Fire Company. He served as a firefighter, a driver, Fire Police and Chaplain. He enjoyed amateur radio, motorcycling, and has traveled extensively. We would like to thank all the wonderful caregivers who have helped us keep Daddy at home and a special thank you to Hospice of Washington County. If you would like to make a donation in honor of Alan, we suggest Longmeadow Fire Company or your local Hospice. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Maugansville Fire Hall, 13730 Maugansville Road, Maugansville, Md., beginning at 11 a.m. This will be a musical and story telling event. Please bring any stories or memories you would like to share. Lunch and social time to follow.

Published in Public Opinion on Apr. 25, 2013