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Lawrence Frank "Monk" Wippel


1930 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Lawrence Frank "Monk" Wippel Obituary
Wippel, Lawrence Frank "Monk" 08/07/1930 ~ 05/07/2014 SAN DIEGO-- Monk passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family. He lived a fully accomplished life as he made the world around him more enjoyable for those fortunate enough to know him. Monk will be forever remembered for his immense kindness, joyful sense of humor, upbeat spirit, and a fondness for the simple things in life. Monk was born Lawrence Frank Wippel to Lorenz and Mary Wippel in Keyser, West Virginia, 1930. He was raised a short ways away in the small town of Thomas, West Virginia, where he was the youngest of six older siblings, all sisters. In Thomas, Monk attended Catholic school across the street from his house as one of only three non-Italian families in town; "It was a fight to and from school everyday." (2014) After Monk completed 8th grade, the Wippel family sold their home and bakery in downtown Thomas and moved to a rural 52 acre farm 5 miles outside Keyser. As a youth, he frequented the backwoods of West Virginia with his rifle and fishing pole in search of a good country meal. He worked on the family farm picking/canning apples and peaches, selling chickens/eggs and logging for $0.25/hr. He attended Keyser High School where he met his future wife, Mary "Janice" Dorsey and the two could often be found dancing. He graduated from Keyser High School in 1948 where he excelled at football, baseball and basketball. One week later he enlisted in the Navy, beginning his successful 30 year military career. During his service Monk was stationed all over the world as he advanced to Chief Warrant Officer 4. Monk and Jan were married on May 3, 1952 and moved to San Diego, California, where they spent 61 joyful years together until her recent death in September, 2013. They travelled extensively, often taking trips with friends and family to Las Vegas, Chihuahua Valley, cruises, and annual family trips to the Sierras for trout fishing and relaxation. Monk was an avid golfer and boasted a 2 handicap in his prime. The constant twinkle in his eyes, generous spirit, integrity, and kind hearted sense of humor are all things that will be remembered and missed. Although he never had children of his own, Monk was an older brother and father figure to numerous nephews and nieces. We will miss his uplifting, "Hey Buddy" greetings, contagious laughter, and easygoing spirit, as he will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Monk is survived by countless loving friends and family members. Services for Monk will be at the El Cajon Mortuary, at 684 S. Mollison Avenue, on Wednesday, May 14, at 10 a.m. followed by a luncheon at El Cajon Elks Lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations in Monk's memory can be made to the .
Published in U-T San Diego on May 13, 2014
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