Donald Lipps

Donald Lipps, 88, of Cody, died peacefully in his sleep Dec. 7, 2017, with family by his side.

Don was born to John Lipps and Anna Marie Kammerzell Lipps on July 5, 1929, in Wheatland, Wyo. He was the seventh of 11 children (one of which passed away as an infant). He grew up in Wheatland helping on the family farm.

Don joined the Marines in 1952 and served until 1953 when he was called back home to continue to help with the family farm. He was very proud to have been able to serve his country and held the Armed Services in the highest esteem.

The family moved to Worland, Wyo., in 1954 where farming was still their life. Shortly after moving there however, Don went to work for Worland Machine and then Edwards Motor as a mechanic. In the mid ’70s Don worked a short time for Big Horn Tractor and then went to work for Pepsi as a mechanic in 1978 where he stayed until his retirement in 1994. Don not only worked there, but he loved it there. He often spoke about how everyone at Pepsi was like a second family.

He married the love of his life, Mary Snodgrass on Feb. 4, 1962. Don adopted and raised Mary’s daughters Carolyn and Joanne as his own and in 1965 their son, Richard was born. He loved all three kids dearly. Family was very important to Don. He and his brothers and sisters would spend countless evenings playing pinnacle or rummy. He often took not only his own kids but also his grandkids, nieces and nephews hunting and fishing with him. He always had time for the kids.

Not only was being a mechanic his job, it was also his passion. Even after retiring and moving to Cody in 1995, he was constantly finding old tractors to fix up. International Harvester was by far his favorite. Don also had quite a collection of model tractors. Don loved anything to do with farming, hunting, fishing and generally being outdoors. He spent many hours working in his fields, as well as in his garden. He also worked part time at George Farms for a while, hauling sawdust and feed for them.

When it was too cold to be outside, he’d come inside and listen to “Dutch Hop” music, (A type of German Polka). Or he could be found in the kitchen cooking and baking German dishes.

Don is preceded in death by his parents John and Anna Marie; wife Mary; daughter Joanne; brothers Johnny and Raymond Lipps; sisters Frieda Glanz, Lydia Dixon, Irene Kiser, Ruby Roberts, Dorothy Lofing, and Wilma Weber; one granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter.

Survivors include daughter Carolyn (Jimmy) Mitchell of Calvin, Okla.; son Richard (Sheila) Lipps of Cody; step son Fred (Denise) Peterson of Cody; brother Ray (Delores) Lipps of Casper Wyo.; granddaughters Linda Hernandez, Colleen Wallace, and Becky Lipps, as well as five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

There will be an open viewing on Friday, Dec. 15, at Ballard Funeral home in Cody from 9:30-11 a.m. A graveside service and dedication of the grave will follow at the Riverview Memorial Garden Cemetery in Worland Cemetery at 1 p.m. The Memorial Service will be Saturday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. at Ballard Funeral Home in Cody.

If so desired, memorial donations may be made in Don’s name to Spirit Mountain Hospice of Cody as they were such a huge comfort to him and his family in his final days.

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