December 6, 1932 – July 2, 2018
Leon Tippin, 85 of Bainbridge passed away at Danville Regional Rehabilitation on Monday, July 2, 2018.
Leon was born December 6, 1932 in Washington County, Indiana, the second of 9 children, to James and Nellie Tippin. The family moved to a Putnam County farm in September 1948.
He graduated Bainbridge High School in 1951 and married Marjorie Gowin (deceased). He married the love of his life Donna Patrick on November 23, 1984.
Survivors include his wife of over 33 years, Donna Tippin, six children, Terry Tippin, (wife-Cindy), Larry Tippin, Brenda Kyle (husband-Mark), Lanna Grenard, (husband Doug), Jane Nice, (husband-David), Rod Lasley; siblings, Eleanor Minto, Howard Tippin, Margaret Kessinger, Mildred Rusk, Marilyn Phillips, Morris Tippin, and Joanne Walker; 19 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister Jeanette Brown.
Leon served 2 years in the US Army on a survey team in Germany. He farmed and milked cows from 1955 -1994. Leon served on Miami Valley Milk Marketing board of directors for 9 years, serving as Vice President 3 years. While there, he helped with the merger of 5 Co-ops consisting of 10,000 dairy farm members into Milk Marketing Inc., the 3rd largest milk marketing co-op in the nation. He served on the Farm Bureau State and National dairy boards several years, as well as, on Putnam County Fair Board several years and as President for 2 years. He was an active member of the Roachdale Christian Church and served on the New Maysville Cemetery Board as President over 20 years. He sold his farm in 1994 and became an Amish taxi driver. Leon served the Amish community for 11 years while driving over 900,000 miles , and worked with them the rest of his life, and really learned to live and love their simple life.
Memorial contributions can be made to Putnam County Fair Grounds Endowment, 2 Jackson Street, Greencastle, Indiana 46135 or Roachdale Christian Church, 1 N. Walnut Street, Roachdale, Indiana 46172.
Services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2018 at Roachdale Christian Church with Ray Neier officiating. Burial will follow in New Maysville Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, July 5, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home.
Memories may be shared with the family at www.Hopkins-Rector.com.
Putnam County Fair Grounds Endowment
2 South Jackson Street, Greencastle, Indiana 46135
Roachdale Christian Church
1 North Walnut Street, Roachdale, Indiana 46172
- Visitation Thursday, July 5, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, July 6, 2018
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July 5, 2018
Christmas at Uncle Leon's farm was always a highlight of the year. All the cousins getting together, catching up with family, and playing pool downstairs was a blast. Card games would go on deep into the night playing pinochle. It was a dangerous game, one mistake and you would get yelled at by your partner and the opposing team.....but it was a blast.
July 5, 2018
Leon was a wonderful man and I cherish all of the memories that I have had with him. Leon had a love for people like no one that I have ever met. He opened up his heart and home to all people and genuinely enjoyed being around others. I met Leon my freshman year of high school when I started helping him and Donna mow. Who knew that mowing cemeteries could be so much fun but Leon made it fun. He was without a doubt North Putnam lady cougar's biggest fan and showed his support proudly. Leon and Donna will forever hold a special place in my heart. Some of my fondest memories with Leon include learning how to filet fish, fishing, eating Tilapia at L&M on Friday nights, mowing (of course), attending an Amish wedding, jumping off of the lighthouse, riding on the pontoon boat, and listening to ALL of his stories- he had a lot of stories! I know he was proud to have Donna as his caretaker in the final years of his life as she was truly the love of his life. Thank you for making life fun Leon! You will never be forgotten. My love and prayers are with Donna and the rest of the family.
July 5, 2018
Heaven has gained quite a saint this week. I am glad to say that I've known Leon all my life. A great mentor, leader, and most importantly a man of God. He is one of those that I am looking forward to having long conversations with when we meet again in heaven.
July 3, 2018
My condolences to the Tippin family. May God help to assuage your grief during this time.