Murphy Funeral Homes

4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA



May 10, 1919December 3, 2017

Bob Zipp was born in Wyoming in 1919 to Alta and Robert Zipp. He was raised in South Dakota's magnificent Black Hills, where he loved exploring the mountains. When he met Angeline Thompson of Deadwood, they spent their happiest times together trekking the Hills. They married in 1943, after Bob completed his studies at Northwestern University. His percussion talent resulted in his assignment to The US Army Band, and he was stationed at Ft. Myer, VA. During his Army Band Career, he played concerts and ceremonies for presidents, kings, queens, as well as important national figures. As a member of the Band's Jazz ensemble, he toured North America with notable entertainers such as Eddie Fisher and Steve Lawrence.

Bob and Ann were members of Trinity Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA, where they helped shape the fine music program - she as organist and choir director, and he as a member of the choir. He also served on the vestry.

After retiring from the military in 1964, Bob worked for the Fairfax County School System as band director and music teacher. He dedicated himself to educating young musicians and proudly spoke of their accomplishments. His hobbies included relaxing in his woodcarving shop and gardening with Ann. They enjoyed nearby Green Spring Garden Park, spending many happy outings there.

Bob's loving family includes Angeline, his wife of 74 years; son Fred Zipp Cathy) of Ft. Collins, CO; daughters Christine Cabot ( the late Tim Cummins) of Mebane, NC, and Elssa Green (Richard) of Guilford, CT; granddaughters Shelley Green (Amy Giguere), and Angela Zuniga (Gerardo); step-granddaughter Leah Starr (Jason); great-grandchildren Ariana, Jonah, Sofie, and Eli; and step-great grandchildren Orion and Patrick Carney, and Sam and Naya Starr. He also leaves his brother Raymond Lowell Zipp of Seattle, WA.

His family will always recall his sense of humor, stories, pride in his work, love for art and music, and above all, his tender devotion to Angeline. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to : Green Spring Garden Park 4603 Green Spring Road Alexandria, VA 22312

A Memorial Celebration will be held Saturday January 13, 2018, 3 - 6 PM at Goodwin House, 4800 Filmore, Ave., Alexandria, VA



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Vicky Frecknall

January 16, 2018

What a lovely man....
I was in his music classes in the late 60s-early seventies...
He was so kind to us, his students .... I was just talking about him the other day...the world will be a bit emptier without him in it.

Dan Martino

January 7, 2018

I was very fortunate to have Mr. Zipp as my percussion teacher in the early 1970's. I remember his kindness, compassion and humor, along with his
sincere desire to help me succeed. My prayers are with all of his family.

Lee Pugh

December 14, 2017

Mr. Zipp was band director my freshman year at R.E.Lee HS. I always enjoyed his passion, humor and encouragement.

John Taylor

December 13, 2017

I joined The Army Band seven years after Bob retired. He was a legend, and always spoken of in the highest regard. I knew him when he was part of the formation of the Pershing's Own Alumni Association, of which he was the first President. I cherish my association with Bob, and extend my most sincere sympathy to his family.

John Taylor

December 12, 2017

My thoughts and prayers for comfort are with Angeline and all Bob's family. I knew him only as an alumnus of the Army Band, where I served 32 years, so thank you for the overview of his life. I will miss seeing Bob at reunions. He contributed a great deal to the alumni association and will be long remembered by all.

Robert Petillo
SGM/USA ret.