George E. Tippy
January 22, 1929 - April 22, 2006
George E. Tippy, age 77, of Storm Lake died Saturday, April 22, at the Newell Good Samaritan Center following a brief illness.
Memorial Service was held Wednesday, April 26 at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake, with Reverend Jamie Cutler officiating. Friends who wish to send online condolences to the family or who wish to view Mr. Tippy's memorial folder may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home. website:www.fratzkejensen. com
George Edward Tippy was born January 22, 1929 in Cherokee, the son of Roy Tippy and Marie (Fuhrman) Tippy. He attended Immaculate Conception School in Cherokee and graduated from high school in 1947. George served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict years. He was stationed at Fort Carson, Colo.
On January 29, 1955, George married Betty K. Holdren in Sutherland. The couple moved to Storm Lake that same year. They were blessed with three children: a son, Ellis, and two daughters, Deborah and Marcia.
George worked as a meat cutter for Kingans, then Hy-Grade for 34 years until it closed. He then worked for Wilson Foods for nine years until his retirement. A loving husband and devoted father and grandfather, George will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Left to cherish his memory are his two daughters: Deborah K. Siepka and husband Lucian of Cherokee, and Marcia Tippy of Storm Lake; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers: Joseph Tippy and his wife Patricia of Saukville, Wisconsin and Mike Tippy of Cherokee; four sisters: Theresa Sefcik and husband Al of Pocahontas; Agnes Day and Ruth Tippy, both of Cherokee; and Pat Miller of Cleghorn; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
George was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; one sister, Margaret Mogenson; and his son, Ellis Tippy.
To honor George's memory, his family requests that gifts be made to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.
Donald B. Grau
June 12, 1916 - April 20, 2006
Donald B. Grau, 89, passed away peacefully April 20 in Sun City West. He was born June 12, 1916 in Newell.
He grew up on a farm and graduated from Newell High School. He attended Iowa State University where he received a degree in Industrial Engineering. He studied music at the Wisconsin College of music where he met his wife of 64 years while both were trying out for the opera.
During World War II he was a member of the Army Air Corps. He worked at John Deere, farmed a family farm. Grau managed the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce in the early 60's, was with the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, and managed the Chamber in Debuque.
At age 58 he enrolled in seminary school and became an ordained minister, serving eight years at Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Lancaster, Wisconsin before retiring to Sun City West.
He is predeceased by a brother, Robert and a son, Ronald. He is survived by his wife, Muriel; a sister, Doris Grau of San Francisco, Calif; a daughter Cheryl Sypal and her husband, Stephen, of Des Moines and three granddaughters and five great grand children.
Donald shared his gift of singing through both his church and community. His hobbies included car collecting, mechanical, building projects, and golf.
He enjoyed many years at a lake cottage in Minnesota with his family. He treasured the countless friendships he made throughout his life.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, April 26 at Grace Community Church in Sun City Grand.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of the Valley or Phoenix Rescue Mission. To make a donation, contact: Grace Community Church, 16165 W. Mountain View Blvd., Surprise, AZ 85374.