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Hippensteel, Donald
1928 - 2017
Donald Morris Hippensteel, 89, of Columbus, Ohio, died in his sleep on November 12, 2017. He was born on February 1, 1928 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Don was a proud graduate and devoted alumnus of The Orchard School and served as the inaugural president of their Alumni Association. He was a 1945 graduate of Shortridge High School and earned a BA from Indiana University in 1949. Don served in the Army during the Korean War. He had a long career in Indiana and Ohio as a superintendent for mental health and developmental disabilities hospitals. He was awarded with Indiana's highest distinction and appointed as a Sagamore of the Wabash. A member of the Columbus First Unitarian Universalist Church for over 30 years, Don also served on the church staff. He was an aficionado of classical music, loved to sing in the choir, and reading everything on news and history. Don was preceded in death by his parents and his stepmother Faith (Ritz) Engle Hippensteel. Loving husband and proud father, he is survived by his wife, Carolyn Hays Hippensteel of 54 years; a daughter, Sarah Hippensteel (Douglas "Dusty") Hall of Springfield, Ohio; a son, Russell Hays (Cumi) Hippensteel of Marengo, Ohio; a granddaughter, Emma Pauline Hall; three grandsons, Logan (Nikki) Hall, Dylan Hall, and Brendan Fox; a stepsister, Suzanne Engel (Henry) Gurr; plus numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. A memorial will take place at 10 a.m. on December 9 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Columbus, Ohio with a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, please give to The B.R.E.A.D. Organization. Online guestbook at
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Nov. 22, 2017
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