Thomas E. Kipp

September 17, 1926June 7, 2019

Thomas E. Kipp, 92, of Olathe, Kansas passed away the 7th of June 2019 at Aberdeen Village. Funeral Services will be held on Friday June 14th at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Raytown, MO with an 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial and 12:00 PM burial at Floral Hills Cemetery. Friends may call at Our Lady of Lourdes Church from 9:30 to 10:30 AM with a rosary from 10:30 to 11:00 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of Kansas City Missouri (

Mr. Kipp was born September 17, 1926 in Piqua, Kansas to Charles, and Ida (Konen) Kipp, and spent his childhood working on the family farm while attending the Catholic grade school across the road.Years later, his children would share memories of visiting and working on the farm during summer vacations. Tom attended Christian Brothers High School in St. Joseph, Missouri while living with a cousin and family, and proceeded to Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education. In later years he continued a lifelong passion for learning and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Thomas began teaching in 1949 at Hogan High School where he met his life partner and spouse Eloise Rentchler a fellow teacher. In 1954 he moved to the Kansas City Missouri School District where he taught at Central Junior High School and Southwest High School. He was a basketball coach while teaching human science and later became the Vice-Principal and eventually the Principal of Southwest High school in its glory days. Later positions in the district included Vice-Principal positions at East High School and Southeast Middle School. As a life-long educator, coach, and father “Coach Kipp” to many, impacted the lives of thousands of young people. Tom kept in touch with so many of his Southwest students. It was nearly impossible to go out in Kansas City without someone recognizing Mr. Kipp! Thomas was a person of integrity and earned the respect of all he influenced with his quiet demeanor and commanding presence.

Tom and Eloise were married June 20, 1951 in Eloise’s hometown of Clinton, Mo. The Kipp family has been fortunate enough to celebrate Tom and Eloise’s 50th, 60th, and 65th anniversaries. The Kipp celebrations were always full of love and laughter from their wide circle of life-long friends. As a family, we have all been blessed by seeing a beautiful example of love, marriage, and family.

Tom’s influence went beyond the classroom. He and Eloise were active members of the Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Kansas City and later Annuciation in Baldwin City, KS. Tom was also one of the longest running members of the Knights of Columbus in the Kansas City area, joining at age 18 and staying active all his adult life.

He is preceded in death by his parents Charles P. Kipp and Ida S. Kipp, as well as father-in-law, and mother-in-law Ernest and Ellen Rentchler. Also deceased are his brothers-in-law Bruce Roach (Ann) and Richard Riddle (Donna), and sister-in-law Ellen Scalet (Jim).

Thomas is survived by his lovely wife of 67 years, Eloise E. Kipp of Olathe. His children Stephen E. Kipp and wife Patty, Jeffery C. Kipp and wife Lisa and Melinda E. Dechant and husband Richard. Grandchildren; Dylan, Perry and Cole (Stephen) Casey and Taylor (Jeffrey) and Cody and Aubrey (Melinda). Other surviving family members include sister Donna Riddle of Wichita, Kansas and brother Fred and wife Lorraine Kipp of Overland Park, KS, sister-in-law Ann Roach of Overland Park, Kansas and brother-in-law Jim Scalet of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Please forward condolence cards to Aberdeen Village for Eloise Kipp

Aberdeen Village Skilled Nursing Attn: Eloise Kipp 17520 W. 119th Street Room 24 Olathe, KS 66061


  • Visitation Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Rosary Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, June 14, 2019


Thomas E. Kipp

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Reta Brosnahan Saffo

June 15, 2019

Tom Kipp was my principal at SWHS-- and a friend of my parents. You'd be hard-pressed to find ANYONE who didn't absolutely think the world of Tom. He had a calm and honorable demeanor. My sister and I never liked disappointing him (although I'm sure we did,
at times); the look in his kind yet stern eyes could inflict great shame and humiliation. He was a strong leader of great character! RIP, Mr. Kipp. My condolences to his wife and family.

Sharon Hunt Sickbert

June 13, 2019

I have many fond memories of the Kipps. Tom and Eloise were neighbors and I babysat their boys. He was a groomsman in my wedding. My condolences to the family.

Sr Loretto Marie Colwell

June 13, 2019

In 2006, I accepted Seton Center as my new mission. A meeting of the advisory board was a few days later and in walked my former teachers from Hogan High! Tom and Eloise were so very dedicated to Seton Center and brought their wisdom and joy to every meeting and event. It was indeed my privilege to know them. I am now retired, but have wonderful memories of them.
Blessings and prayers for all of you. Sister Loretto Marie

Barbara Schrader

June 12, 2019

And it all started at hogan for this couple and I would meet their daughter in high school. Education was key to him and family in the classroom and by his life. Peace grace and memories to all esp this Father’s Day. So hard. Been there. Peace.

Scott Jones

June 11, 2019

I am a proud alumnus of Southwest High School, class of 1979. Mr. Kipp was the principal there when I arrived as a freshman in the fall of 1975. The Kansas City, Missouri School District, like just about every other one in the country at that time, was going through an uneasy transition due to federally mandated desegregation. Throughout my time at Southwest Mr. Kipp was truly a calming influence and a steady hand in the midst of that transition period. For that he has my eternal admiration and deep respect; this country and this world need more people with the integrity of Mr. Kipp, and he will surely be missed by all who were touched by his graceful presence.

Gene Freeman

June 11, 2019

Mr Kipp R.I.P

My Junior year 1975 on one of the coldest days of the year. I had to stay late for Latin tutoring. I was at the bus stop and a truck pulls over. It was Mr. Kipp saying it’s to cold to stand at a bus stop get in. He gave me a ride home which I knew was out of his way. What a guy!!!

Jeanie Tays

June 11, 2019

Mr. Kipp was my principal at Southwest High School. He was such a thoughtful, kind man, a gentle giant I looked up to like a father. I had the opportunity to sit beside him at some sort of awards presentation and although I cannot remember what the exact occasion was, I do remember our conversation. I was newly engaged (yes that's right I was in high school) and he admired my engagement ring. He told me that it looked very similar to the one his wife wears. He spoke very fondly of her in our conversations. I was so impressed by that. The world has lost a wonderful man and educator. I'm sure I speak for the rest of my class.
Jeanie Tays
Southwest High School
Class of 1975

David Prestigiacomo

June 11, 2019

Mr. Kipp was my principal at Southwest High School, and I remember him fondly. He was a thoughtful and warm-hearted person, and a fair and effective leader. I am grateful to have known him.
David Prestigiacomo
Southwest Class of 1975

Barry Ballenger

June 10, 2019

I knew Tom and his wife for at least 15 years.
He and his wife would lease new Ford vehicles from us at Dick Smith Ford every two years . What a wonderful man he was. I will truly miss him.
God bless him, and keep him for eternity .