Orvan C. "Bob" Fipps
Orvan "Bob" C. Fipps Orvan C. "Bob" Fipps passed away at his home on October 9, 2016. He was born on October 27, 1928 in Harding, Kansas, the 10th of 11 children born to Henry and Minnie Post Fipps. When he was five years old, his father died, and his family moved to Yakima, Washington, and then to Springfield, Oregon. He attended the Seventh Day Adventist School in Eugene, and Springfield High School before enlisting in the Army. He served as a Tank Battalion Commander in Germany and Korea. After his discharge, he moved back to Springfield, where he met and married Eunice Hand Thomas. They settled in Springfield and had three children. Bob worked as a logger with his brother, William ("Orlie"), and later as a long-haul truck driver for Weyerhaeuser until his retirement in 1993. He was preceded in death by his wife Eunice in 2013, and a son, Rodney Fipps in June 2016. Also preceding him in death were his five brothers: William "Orlie" Fipps, Argus Fipps, Eldon "Bud" Fipps, Raymond Fipps, and Clarence "Chub" Fipps, and five sisters: Kitty Bertsch, Alta Bybee, Alma King, Arlene Nesary, and Lorene Trussell. Bob is survived by his son, Larry Fipps and wife Mary, by his daughter, Janna Fipps and her husband, Craig Johnson; by his Daughter-in-law, Charlotte Fipps, and by nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed camping with his family, and hunting and fishing with his brothers, sons, and grandsons. He also loved gardening, especially growing roses and tomatoes. But most of all, he loved being in the circle of his family. He loved the commotion of big family holidays, or quiet talks, one-on-one. He will be remembered by his children and grandchildren for his generosity, for his twinkling blue eyes, for his zest for life, and for the courage and humor with which he faced every day. A viewing will be held at 7 pm on Thursday, October 13, at Andreason's Funeral Home at 320 N. 6th Street in Springfield. A Rosary will be said on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Alice Catholic Church at 1520 F Street in Springfield, with the funeral immediately following at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memorium may be made to St. Alice Catholic Church, or Catholic Community Services of Lane County.
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