James Merril Chipps

August 24, 1947September 17, 2020

James Merrill Chipps, 73, passed away Thursday, September 17, 2020, at Kindred Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born in Hammond, Indiana, on Sunday, August 24, 1947, the son of Jack and Emmagene (Kendall) Chipps. He attended Muncie Southside High School and graduated in 1965. James went in to the National Guard and served from 1966-1972. He married Dawn Andes and they shared thirty-four wonderful years together. Dawn passed away September 19, 2003.

James was a very hard worker. He was a Tool and Die Maker for over forty years. He was an avid sports fan and was loyal to his beloved Chicago Cubs, Notre Dame Irish football, Big Ten Basketball, and any team his grandson, Ryan, played on. James was also a food connoisseur. He enjoyed eating a good meal with family or friends. He loved conversations with anyone, and his laugh was infectious.

James is survived by a daughter, Leigh Anne Clark (husband, Rick); a grandson, Ryan Clark; sister, Malinda Chipps; sisters-in-law, Shirley Joris and Theresa Chipps; nephews, Jason Joris (wife, Wendy), Scott Horvath (wife, Nancy) and Brad Chipps; nieces, Jackie Rideout (husband, Ryan), Jamie Rutherford (husband, Donnie), and Jodie Eastgate; and several dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Emmagene Chipps; his wife, Dawn (Andes) Chipps; a brother, John Chipps; brother-in-law, Butch Joris; and parents-in-law, Jay and Dorothy Andes.

Funeral services will be held for James at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 21, 2020, at Elm Ridge Funeral Home, 4600 West Kilgore Avenue, Muncie, Indiana 47304. Burial will immediately follow at Elm Ridge Memorial Park.

Family and friends may call Monday, before the service, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Elm Ridge Funeral Home. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic a mask is required, and please remember to be safe and adhere to the six foot social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: the Wounded Warrior Project at

Elm Ridge Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


  • Calling Hours:

    Monday, September 21, 2020

  • Funeral Service:

    Monday, September 21, 2020


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Shirley Hochstetler

September 22, 2020

Dear Leigh Anne,
We are so sorry to learn of you Dad’s passing. You have had great parents. The best!! It’s not surprising that they raised such an awesome daughter. May you be comforted in knowing that they are together again! God bless you in all the days to come. You will always hold a special place our hearts.
Our love & prayers,
Dick & Shirley Hochstetler

Tom Hochstetler

September 21, 2020

Leigh Anne,
I’m so sorry for your loss. Your father was always so kind and what a sense of humor! You and your family are in my prayers during this tough time. Take care of yourself.
Tommy Hochstetler

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