John Edward Lipski, E.O.C., U.S. Navy (retired), formerly of Scranton, passed away on March 21, 2014, at the VA in Biloxi, Miss.
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He was born May 6, 1931, to Leo Frank and Edna Lipski.
A loving husband and father, John devoted his life to family and those friends and families dear to his heart. He never turned down anyone who needed him. He made great, lifelong friends in his wonderful journey. Many know him from the Navy, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, the baseball fields or Boy Scouts. There's much more to John. Extremely proud of his 32 years in the Navy, he sailed the seas and pioneered the frontier of Antarctica twice under Operation Deep Freeze. His greatest adventure was breaking through 200 miles of ice on the USS Glacier, and then unloading the cargo ships by pulling 50-ton sleds near the broken ice. For him this was more dangerous than when he was being shelled in Vietnam. He spoke fondly of his times in Morocco, New Zealand, Chile and cliff diving in Pennsylvania. He will be sadly missed by all those whose lives he has touched.
He is survived by his loving wife, Eleanor; sons, Mike (Jill), Jim (Diana), Tom (Jacquie) and Alan (Danielle); grandchildren, Olivia, Nicole, Amelia and Matthew; and brother, Robert (Grace). He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Norman; and his grandson, John Joseph (JJ).
Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday in St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Long Beach, Miss. Committal Rites were held Tuesday at the Biloxi National Cemetery, Biloxi, with burial honors rendered by the Navy.
In lieu of flowers, he wishes charitable contributions be made in his honor to
, Memphis, Tenn., or the Children's Inn, National Institute of Health, Washington, D.C.
Memories may be shared at www.riemannfamily.com.
Riemann Family Funeral Home
274 Beauvoir Road Biloxi, MS 39531
Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 28, 2014