Victor Forrest Whipple

May 30, 1933February 17, 2021

Victor was born May 30,1933 in Barry County Michigan. He grew up on the family farm with father David, mother Mae and siblings Virgil, Patricia, Bill and Sarah. After graduating from Delton H.S. he entered the U.S. Army where he served during the Korean War. He was married to Carolin Smith on January 3 1956. They had a son Mark and soon moved to married housing at Western Michigan University where they made many lifelong friends. Victor worked at Firestone Tire and after graduating at Western was offered a management position at the Firestone shop in Lansing Michigan. Vic and Carolin moved to Williamston Michigan and soon added son Matthew to the family. victor was offered a job at Farm Bureau Insurance by next door neighbor Duane Marlan who would be his lifelong friend. Vic was dedicated to his family and his job, he was an agent at Farm Bureau for over fifty years.

He is survived by sister Patricia Smalley, brother in law Darrell Smith & wife Phyllis, sister in laws Kathy Yancy, Janet Hawks. son Mark & wife Cindy Travis, son Matthew, grand daughter Andrea, grand son Douglas and wife Melissa Warrington- Whipple, great grand children Kaylee Williams & husband Dylan, Addison, Zoey. He will be dearly missed by extended family and many friends.


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Elizabeth Myers

March 1, 2021

With deepest sympathy and prayers for all of you✝️
Rest In Peace, my dear friend💜
Always a kind word and positive thought! It was wonderful to work with this dedicated man for so many years ✝️
Blessed to be his friend💜
Dave and Betty Corp Myers
Farm Bureau Insurance

Jack Stucko

March 1, 2021

Dear Vic --- Your legacy is a treasure trove of kindness, jokes, laughter, insurance professionalism, deep friendships and fond memories. Thanks for that treasure trove, Vic.
I'm sure you're surrounded by a throng in the Great Beyond eager for your next one-liner. Blessings!

Evelyn Burgess

February 27, 2021

Mark and Matt,
I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I was in Sweet Adelines with your mom way back in the 70s. Through her I met your dad, and would often see him around town. He was a true gentleman with a kind word and smile for everyone.
I’m sorry for the loss to your family, and know there are many treasured memories to reminisce. Prayers for your family.

Leigh Cochran

February 25, 2021

I’m so fortunate to have known this man for many years. His personality lit up a room. Vic was a smart fun loving individual who’s life will be celebrated for many years to come. My heart goes out to Matt and Mark.

Love to you both 🤗


Jeffery Youse

February 24, 2021

It has been 40 plus yrs that I have known the Whipples and my feelings about Vic and Carolin were I felt like I always put them on a higher up pedestal than myself and honestly were a little intimidated by them because I didn't feel like I could ever be as good as they were but i loved them none the less looking back i dont know what ever made me feel that way because i feel that they had more faith in me than i did and not a single time ever did i feel that they ever judged me or looked at me any differently than they would have the president of General Motors and I believe that they would have been there for me no matter what I ever needed they were 100 percent genuinely good people
I do miss them 😞 May we all be Diamonds some day💎

Ruth and Robert Garbutt

February 24, 2021

Dear Mark, Matt and family - Kay Woodring has let us know your dear father has been promoted to Glory, and we do send our heartfelt sympathy to each and every one. We cherish our many years of knowing and loving dear Carolin and Victor since University days at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and the inspiration they have been to us. So many fun times together for over 60 years and it didn't matter when we last saw each other, we just picked up and went on like we'd never been separated!!! And Victor was always faithful in keeping in touch via phone calls frequently in Florida or Ontario, Canada. May God comfort each one as only He can, and may you be blessed in your amazing heritage in such a loving family. With love, hugs and prayers, Ruth and Robert Garbutt

Lauren Cochran

February 24, 2021

Vic was a long-time treasured friend and second father to me. I will forever be grateful for his kindness, humor, eternal optimism, sage advice and his sincere and unwavering desire to ease the burden of those he loved. His loss is now and will remain deeply felt. My sincere condolences to my dearest friend Matt, to Mark and the entire Whipple Family.

Peter Bouth

February 23, 2021

Mark and Matt I am so sorry to hear about your dad passing (and your Mom as well). He and your Mom were wonderful people, the best neighbors and, extended family. From your dads stories and jokes, to the downright crazy things we used to do, I will always remember those times fondly. He would speak highly of you both very often and how proud he was of you both. Hundreds of stories and memories I could tell, he and your Mom will be missed very much. My condolences to you both and the rest of your families.

Marty Colburn

February 23, 2021

Condolences to the Whipple family. Vic always greeted us with a great smile and warm handshake. He was a brother in Christ and a gentleman. God Bless You.

Patricia Smalley

February 23, 2021

Miss you so much already. You were a great brother growing up in our family, Took care of the Ruound Oak Stove so we were all warm. You and your Twin, brother Virgil, cut lots of logs with that crosscut saw. You were loved by so many and so faithful to your family. Rest in peace.