Rev. Earl L. VanSipe

September 2, 1924April 27, 2011

Rev. Earl L. Van Sipe East Lansing, MI Rev. Van Sipe was born September 2, 1924 in Alpena, Michigan and woke up in Glory April 27, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd G. and Edna Mae (Dagner) Van Sipe; wife Charlotte in 2006; and his brother Ronald L. Van Sipe in 1988. He was very dedicated to his family and will be greatly missed. He is survived by 1 daughter; Judy Lynne (Adrian) Breting of Muskegon, 1 son; Rodney Lee (Lorraine) Van Sipe of Bath, 5 grandchildren; Brandon (Leslie) Breting of Chicago, IL, Aaron Breting of Muskegon, Chelsea Van Sipe, Ryan Van Sipe, Jarod Van Sipe all of Bath, brother-in-law; Roland (Ruby) Behnke of Midland, sisters-in-law; Gertrude Krueger of Joliet, IL, Lucille Van Sipe of Traverse City and several nieces and nephews. He graduated from Alpena High School and from Anderson (College) University in 1948. He faithfully served his country with the Merchant Marines during WWII. He declined an offer to play baseball for the Cincinnati Reds in order to pursue his journey with his ministry which began in Petoskey in 1948. He served as Pastor in Ithaca from 1950-1970 and was very involved in community activities. He began serving as Pastor at the Pennway Church of God in 1970 and continued until his death. Earl also served as Chaplain for the LPD for 20 years. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, and sports as an avid baseball fan, enjoying golf and the MSU Spartans. Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, May 2, 2011 at Pennway Church of God with the Rev. Bill Miller and Rev. Dick Latham officiating. Visitation will be Saturday 2-4 and 6-8, Sunday 2-5 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing and 1 hour prior to services at the church. In lieu of flowers contribution may be made to the Pennway Church of God in memory of Rev. Van Sipe. On line condolences may be sent at: Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing, MI.


  • Funeral Service Monday, May 2, 2011
  • Visitation Saturday, April 30, 2011
  • Visitation Saturday, April 30, 2011
  • Visitation Sunday, May 1, 2011
  • Visitation Monday, May 2, 2011

Rev. Earl L. VanSipe

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Kathy Kindt

May 4, 2011

Judy, Rod and Families,

My sympathy to you and your families. Your father always greeted me with a smile, hand shake and how are you doing? He always knew which Kindt gal I was and called me by name. Your parents are now rejoicing together with my folks in Heaven and we have peace in knowing we will see them again one day. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Hope to see you soon.



May 3, 2011

Dear Rodney
My sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your dad. He was of great comfort to David during his time of need and provided so much help and comfort to me and our family during that difficult time. He's in that most wonderful place we call "Heaven". I hope that thought eases your sadness.

Lynda Riley and family

Molly Dagner Zielaskowski

May 2, 2011

Dear Family,
I would like to express my heartfelt condolences at the passing of your father/grandfather. Earl was a first cousin of my father, Fred Dagner Jr., as his mother Edna and my grandfather Fred were brother and sister.
A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Rev. Van Sipe at a family reunion in Rogers City. I remember the pleasure they got reminiscing with each other and showing the family their crooked "Dagner" baby fingers!!
May it bring comfort to your family knowing that your father/grandfather's life was a shining example living one's faith, and has finally come face to face with the Father. I rejoice with the angels at his homecoming!
May God's sufficient grace comfort and carry you through this difficult time.

Calvin Hanson

May 1, 2011

Judy, Rod and families,

Having known Earl as a very dear friend and fellow clergyman/Michigan pastor for a number of years, I cherish those memories in my heart as something special in my life. We enjoyed the fellowship and blessings serving the state church work during our tenure on the Michigan Board of Church Extension,Youth Camp,etc. With the years catching up with me,I look forward to extending those memories and experiences in that glorious heavenly place where Earl is now residing. Perhaps there will be some way that his service and ministry can contiue in another demention. God love and bless you Earl. May your love and care experienced by so many here continue to reside in our hearts.

Calvin M. Hanson

May 1, 2011

Judy, Rod and Families.
Thinking of you all. Many,many good memories of your Dad.
Love & Hugs
Bonnie Dagner Lemons

Lonnie and Linda Armstrong

April 30, 2011

To the families of Rev. Vansipe,

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Rev. Vansipe.
Rev. Vansipe was interim pastor at the Church of God in St. Johns when were attending that church. Our daughter, Valerie, had just been diagnosed with leukemia and we remember how comforting both Rev. Vansipe and his wife were during this difficult time. They visited us in the hospital in Flint and kept us always in their prayers. Valerie loved to hear Rev. Vansipe's sermons when she was able to attend. Valerie passed away in 1999 after a 10 year battle and I know that she was there to greet Rev. Vansipe in Heaven.
Our deepest sympathies.

steve wright

April 30, 2011

Dear Vansipe Family
I am very sorry to hear of Pastor Vansipe's passing.
He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed by many , many ,many people who's lifes he touched.
I met him almost thirty years ago though my then girlfriend now wifes family at Pennway.
He impressed me with his kind ,quiet nature underwhich was a man with a tremedous wealth of knowledge about God, life , people and how to teach people about the first two.
I know he taught me a great deal and My wife Lori and I will miss him greatly.

April 29, 2011

Judy, Rod and your families-Your Dad will be missed by so many people. He has touched so many lives with his kindness and thoughtfullness. He and your Mom were so special to all of my family. I am sure that God said "well done-good and faithful servant" when he entered heaven. Sincerely-
Karen Gearhart Nestle
Ithaca Church of God

Barry & Goldie Kurtzhals

April 29, 2011

Dear Judy, Ad, Rod, Lori and families,

Praying for comfort for you during this time. Your Dad, grandfather, will be greatly missed. He was a special man and pastor to us.

May God give you peace.

Love, Barry and Goldie Kurtzhals

Roy & Betty Murry

April 29, 2011

Judy, Rod and families,

After such a long time of caring for your father he has gone to Heaven. The pain is gone and peace is finally here for him, but you are left behind to miss him, to heal and to look forward to that day of happy reunion. We pray for strength, comfort and peace for all of you at this time and in the days ahead.

Your father touched so many people during his time here on earth - he was truly a "people pastor", mentor and friend. I'm sure when God saw him enter the pearly gates he said, "Welcome my good and faithful servant."

I count it a privilege to have worked for him at Pennway Church of God.

We will miss him greatly.

Love, Roy & Betty Murry