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BARRY ROBERT WHIPPLE SR.(1951 - 2013)

June 25, 1951 ~ March 20, 2013
"We love you and will miss you dearly"

Barry passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at his home. He resided at Alpine Ridge Retirement Home in Mount Vernon. He had been struggling with several ongoing health issues.

He was born June 25, 1951 in Anacortes, WA. He was the first born darling child to Donald and Marivonne Whipple.

Barry attended school in the Burlington Edison school district and graduated from high school in 1970 from BEHS.

As a young man he enjoyed water skiing, skate boarding, boating and camping with his family. He was very artistic and a talented carpenter. He could make a house a beautiful home with his special flare. He also loved working on cars and was part of a race team at Skagit Speedway during the 1980's. His more recent passion was developing alternative energy resources with his friend Lawrence Lewis.

Barry worked as a carpenter throughout his life. He also worked at Skagit Farmers in Burlington for several years. He was known for his diversified knowledge. Customers would seek him out as they knew Barry had the answers. He was helpful to all who needed his expertise. More recently he was employed by longtime family friend Mike Jensen at Sundowner Kustom Kleaning. Barry's father also made his living in this line of work as owner of Don's Evergreen Building Maintenance where Barry worked along his side for several years.

Barry loved his family dearly and is survived by his mother Marivonne Whipple; four children, Barry Jr. and Kim, Scott and Heidi Whipple; their mother Kathy (Fox) Smart and son Donnie Whipple, mother Annette Davis; sisters, Sheila Fraley and Marla Vance. He was grandpa "Papa" to six wonderful grandchildren: Makinzie, Trevor, Chance, Brycen, Devin & Shea Whipple.

He was preceded in death by his father Donald Whipple and Uncles Roy and Bill Whipple.

Barry will forever be remembered for his smile, laughter and sparkling blue eyes that welcomed everyone whose lives he touched.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Burlington Community Center from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Please join us in remembering him.

Special thanks to the staff and residents of Alpine Ridge for their kindness and care they extended to Barry - he felt a sense of family with all of you.

Contributions can be made to in his name.

Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Apr. 3, 2013
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