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Donald H. Bippen

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Donald H. Bippen Obituary
Bippen, Donald H. Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Beloved husband of the late Joan Bippen (nee Kuna); loving father of Barbara Ann (Mark) Wehking, Ann Theresa (Robert) Geisler, Daniel Francis (Lisa Avey) Bippen, Kathryn Louise (Michael) Hrubes and the late Mary Ellen (Kevin) Feicht; dear grandfather of Kathryn, Lucy and Elizabeth, John, Emma and Robert, Rose, Ben, Sarah, Billy and Ellen; dear uncle, brother-in-law and friend. Partner/past president of local food service company. He married Joan Kuna on April 18, 1953. He served in the United States Marine Corps and on the Board of Directors at Jefferson/Gravois Bank and on the charitable foundation at St. Anthony's Hospital. Don Bippen, with his two brother-in-laws (Bud Kuna and Henry Paradowski) took over Kuna Meat Co. in the 1950's from Frank J. Kuna. They operated a retail butcher shop and meat wholesale distribution from their building at Gravois and Meramec in the South City/Bevo area for 25 years. The location was a beacon of activity for that area in those days. They sponsored 100's of youth sporting teams, parishes and charities in south city. They continued until 1981 when Don took over the business and served as president until 1993. In 1993 he sold the business to his son. Don, in his retired life, loved spending time with his family and frequenting local restaurants with his close group of friends. They called the group ROMEO Club, which stood for Retired, Old Men, that eat out often. This group traveled weekly to local independent restaurants all over south county and south city. Services: Funeral Mass at St. Catherine Laboure Church, 9740 Sappington Rd., 63128, Saturday, March 8, 10:00 a.m. Private entombment. Memorials to St. Anthony's Heart and Vascular Center, 10010 Kennerly Rd., 63128. A KUTIS AFFTON service.

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Mar. 2 to Mar. 6, 2014
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