Stephan Thomas Tipton
August 10, 1948 – April 26, 2021
On Monday, April 26, 2021, Stephan “Steve” Tipton, loving husband and father of two children, passed away at age 72.
Steve was born August 10, 1948 in Port Hueneme, CA to Linwood and Dorothy (Walchalk) Tipton. He enlisted into the Air Force after high school and served in the Vietnam War. After his enlistment, he attended the University of Texas at El Paso where he earned his engineering degree. He practiced engineering in oil and gas and aerospace for 40 years. On May 17, 1974 he married Mary Kathryn “Kathy” Kennedy. They raised a son, James, and a daughter, Lindsay.
Steve was an avid duck hunter with his pups. He enjoyed the company of his friends on many hunts. He was also a golfer, woodworker, and gardener. He was known widely as someone that would assist his friends and family whenever required.
Steve was preceded in death by his father, Linwood, and his mother, Dorothy. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his two children, James and Lindsay, his sister Jill, and four grandchildren. A Memorial service with Military Honors will be held on Friday, May 7th, 2021 at Memorial Park Funeral Home,13313 N Kelley Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73131 at 11 o’clock a.m. Masks will be required to enter the building.
The service will be livestreamed to Memorial Park OKC's Facebook page for those who are unable to attend.
Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation or Ducks Unlimited in Steve’s name.
- Bishop James Adams, Honorary Pallbearer
- Philip "Andy" Noble, Honorary Pallbearer
- James Tipton, Honorary Pallbearer
- James Kennedy, Honorary Pallbearer
- Ron Shiroyama, Honorary Pallbearer
- Floyd Hughes, Honorary Pallbearer
Memorial Service & Military Honors
Friday, May 7, 2021
Stephan Thomas Tipton
May 7, 2021
I had the pleasure of working with Steve for a number of years. He was a great person and an exceptional engineer. Something we all enjoyed was adding to Steve's rubber duck collection on his desk. People would add a duck from a recent trip or a local find but would do so when Steve was not at his desk. I will always appreciate having known Steve and the opportunities to work with him. Steve has a place in all of our hearts that will remain indefinitely. God bless Steve and the Tipton Family.
May 5, 2021
Where do I start? I met Steve in 1987 when we started playing racquetball once a week with dinner afterwards until just a few years ago. Beth always kidded me that I went out to eat with Steve more than I did with her. A conservative calculation tells me that may be true (1280 times), and you can multiply that number by 3 to get the total number of racquetball games played. I can’t tell you how many of the world’s problems we solved over dinner, nor the number of times I came home with a paper napkin filled with notes or equations to help me solve an engineering problem at work. Steve was also counselor and adviser. In many ways he was the big brother I never had.
Around 1994 we started hunting dove, duck, goose and pheasant with fishing mixed in. We had many adventures with our hunting friends to places like Abilene, Fort Supply, Cold Water, Bell Town, Dodge City, Dighton and of course Knight’s Pond. Those trips were filled with so many stories like the magic BB, Steve Tipover and me falling asleep in the middle of a Field and Stream day (not unusual). Steve was a master Duck Caller. There were times when ducks were flying away from us and his call would turn them back towards the blind. The unlucky ones would eventually wind up in his world-famous duck gumbo that we would eat a few weeks later in the blind.
Steve had a tool for everything and would always lend a helping hand for any project. I can’t tell you how many times he just said I’ll be over Saturday morning to give you a hand! Hunter, Cook, Gardner, Engineer, Father and Husband…he was a renaissance man. I was truly blessed to have known Steve and his family! I miss him dearly and feel he was taken way too early but know he is in a better place.
May 5, 2021
I was unaware when I first met my husband in 1989, that Steve would become part of a package deal. I was informed early in our dating relationship by Andy that he and his buddy, Steve, played weekly racquetball games, and to expect this ritual to continue. Well, this soon turned into weekly racquetball games AND dinner.
And so, ensued thirty-plus years of weekly "dates", countless hunting trips, numerous home improvement projects, family events, and vegetable gardening adventures...always with a lot of fun involved!
I'm so glad Steve came as a package deal...best deal we ever made!
Our family will miss Steve terribly. We send our love to Kathy, James, Lindsay and the entire family.
Andy, Beth, Brenna & Ethan
May 5, 2021
Steve was my Team Lead and Mentor in B-1 Structures Engineering Section of the B-1 Systems Program Office for the Air Force. The many conversations and words of wisdom he shared under his tutelage has served me well as I approach the end of my career. He sure "Tiptonized" me well, is a comment he would often make. I later got to work with him on some projects after he retired from Government Civil Service and went to work for Boeing. I also had the opportunity to spend some time with him playing golf in the B-1 Golf League. Gonna miss you my Friend! Rest in Peace.
May 5, 2021
Steve, I will miss your enthusiasm for life. I will miss traipsing around endless rolling hills looking for clues. I’ll miss going to the strange places that the Air Force sent us and your openness to new experiences. Your sense of humor was broad and deep. We had a fellowship against bureaucracy that will hopefully outlive us both. I remember your stories about Sherwood Forest and Boddington Ale, and your hunting dogs who wailed with excitement when you turned the light on early in the morning . Your light on this earth has been turned off, but your spirit will live on in many ways. Fare thee well
Lindsay (Tipton) Oudit
May 3, 2021
Who else had a Dad as awesome as mine? Then you understand me when I say that I am so sad to have lost my Dad. I have a lifetime of memories with him but these last two years of his life we fought hard together to beat this cancer. What was beautiful about it was he never struggled with a single moment of “you only have so much time left to live”. We were always reworking the plan and finding a solution. Yes, there were ups and downs, faith and doubts, but never did we give up. He died fighting like hell and I was right there with him every step of the way. We fought as hard as any team ever could. I was lucky enough to get a chance to honor my Father in this way, and I’ll carry those memories with me always.
Love you, Daddy.
May 3, 2021
Steve was a treasure! Working with him in the B-1 SPO was great, loved traveling with him - he introduced me to cider in Vermont! Setting next to him at Boeing was more than an adventure - truly he made my work days some of the best. Ron and I loved playing golf with him, once a week was never enough - twice at a minimum. Our prayers are with Kathy, James. Lindsay and all his grands - their lives have truly been blessed by this larger than life guy. My heart breaks for you all - Steve will be greatly missed and your lives will be full of the best of memories.
May 2, 2021
My sincerest sympathies to Steve's family. Steve and I worked together for many years for the Air Force's B-1 System Program Office and again after we both retired and began working for Boeing. I now have the pleasure of working with his son, James. Steve was a great guy. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Steve's family during this difficult time.
May 1, 2021
Gosh, I was driving back from the Black Hills when I learned Steve walked on. Kathy, James and Lindsay, I am just heartbroken and I wanted you to know how much I am lifting you and your family up. I had the most fun with Steve and all the memories are of good times in duck blinds, eating gumbos, chasing wily rooster pheasants and the like, cloaked in an atmosphere of laughter and conversation.
His generosity was so admirable. I am so grateful for being blessed in having him in my life. If there is anything I can do, don't hesitate to let me know. With love,
Jerold C. Smith 405-570-0264
April 30, 2021
Having known Steve since the mid-90's, I had the honor of sharing many great experiences with him, both work and pleasure. From the B-1 SPO to Boeing, from OK duck blinds and TX dove tanks to KS and NE pheasant fields and AR trout fishing on the White River, what great memories! Drop that bowl of gumbo Steve, there's a big flock of ducks dropping down out of that snow flurry!
May all your shotshells have a golden BB, my friend.