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1945 - 2013 |
Rick Eric Lippmann went peacefully to be with the angels, holding his soulmate's hand, on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.
For the past seven years, Rick was fighting the battle of his life against stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was given three months to live, and with the extra 6 3/4 years he was able to spend with us, he showed us what it meant to be courageous. He touched our lives and souls, and let us know there truly are miracles out there.
We will surely miss him, his smile and generosity, and his presence in our life is a gift for which we will always be thankful. Just watching Rick walk into town almost every day with our two wonderful dogs, Kona and Cayman, was an inspiration to us all. I could never have found a more loyal, kind and loving friend and soulmate. I am so glad he bicycled down my driveway; his memory will forever be in my heart and soul.
Rick was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on October 17, 1945. He graduated from the
University of Wisconsin
at Madison, and was a lieutenant in the National Guard. He also was a geologist for Chevron Oil before coming to Willits in 1974, where he dedicated his life to teaching math and science at Beachtel Grove Middle School. During his years at BGMS, he coached track, girls' softball, and numerous science fair projects.
Rick loved the outdoors, camping, fishing, 100-mile bike rides, horseback riding, kayaking, jogging, paddle boarding and walking. He loved to build things with his hands.
One of Rick's favorite things to do was to swim with the turtles in Hawaii, but the thing he loved best was walking and playing with our dogs.
Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Irene Lippmann, and his loving son Erik Lippmann.
Rick is survived and missed by his loving brother and sister, Jon and Cheryl Lippmann of Wisconsin; brothers-in-law Gary and Dale Belvin; father-in-law Jim Belvin; loving daughter Rachel Belvin; and loving wife Bobbi Lippmann, all of Willits.
At Rick's request, there will be no services. Donations may be sent to Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County.
Thank you to all the doctors and nurses who helped Rick through the years, but a very special thank-you to Dr. Monty Lieberfarb, who was much more than a doctors-he was our friend.
Gone, but not forgotten; although we are apart, your spirit lives within me, forever in my heart. He was my hero.
Published in Willits News from Feb. 8 to Mar. 7, 2013
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