George F. "Kip" Kippley III

November 23, 1954March 3, 2019

George F. Kippley III, known as Kip to many, 64, Papillion, NE entered eternity on Sunday, March 3, 2019 suddenly from a pulmonary embolism.

He was born in Rochester, NY on November 23, 1954. In high school, he played trumpet in the band, had lead roles in school musicals, and was involved in his church. All of this laid the groundwork for his future. He served in the USAF stationed at Offutt in Bellevue, NE working on the mainframe computers from 1972-1977. He received a BM in Music Education from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 1981. His last undergraduate class was a drama class where he met his wife, Deborah Bowers. They were married in 1982. Kip taught high school band and choir for 11 years and then went back to computers as an Apple Bench Tech, Sitel, ConAgra Foods and received a master’s degree at Bellevue University in Information Systems and Security. To his great joy, he returned to teaching at Bellevue University and led their Systems Networking Administration Program (SNAP).

The loves of his life were his Lord Jesus Christ, his wife Debbie and daughter Anna.

He was preceded in death by his mother Shirley Pringle Kippley and his father George F. Kippley Jr. He is survived by his wife Deborah Bowers Kippley, Ed.D., Anna Kippley Howard and her husband Benjamin K. Howard, his sister Victoria Yare, her husband Ken Yare, Niece Kendra and husband Brian O’Keefe and nephew David and wife Nicole Yare, great nephews Cian & Cade O’Keefe and great niece Tessa Rose Yare. His beloved Aunt Agnes Tedd also survives him.

The service for the celebration of Kip’s life on earth will be Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Humanities Building Auditorium, Bellevue University at 4 PM. It is located in Bellevue at Galvin Road and Lloyd St. A reception will follow in the Student Union.

For memorial contributions, the family has designated the Papillion La Vista Arts Network Malawi Mission Fund, PO Box 460922, Papillion, NE 68046 or the Bellevue University Kip Kippley SNAP Memorial, Bellevue University, 1000 Galvin Road South, Bellevue, NE 68005.


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George F. "Kip" Kippley III

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Dawn Zimmerman Casey

March 20, 2019

Debbie and Anna,
I just learned of Kips sudden passing and want to tell you that I am so sorry to hear of your loss. The wonderful memories that I have of Kip greatly outnumber the not so wonderful. May the grace of God be with you as you grieve and may the memories of life with Kip live forever in your heart. Again, so sorry to hear of your loss. God bless you.
Dawn Zimmerman Casey

Kaylene Powell

March 11, 2019

I didn't work very closely with Kip, but I was always encouraged to see his smiling face at a faculty meeting or other campus event. He will be greatly missed at BU.

Dear family and friends, you are in my prayers. I think of "The Valley Song" by Jars of Clay, and hope with you for the rivers of joy that are waiting on the other side. God bless you.

~Kaylene Powell, College of Arts and Sciences

Ken Msuku

March 9, 2019

Jedi Uncle Kip, Fab 5 still cannot believe that you suddenly departed from us. You will be dearly missed by Fab 5. I will miss watching Manchester United with you and exchanging buying halftime snacks.

Heaven gained a wonderful Jedi, watch over us as you promised.

Bill and Myrtle Heise

March 7, 2019

We will remember "Kip" for his quick wit and computer knowledge. We also appreciated his love of God, which he showed in his Facebook posts.

Sue Harrold

March 7, 2019

We often sat by Kip at Omaha Stormchasers baseball games and were always impressed by his quick wit and kindness. He always demonstrated a love of baseball and of life in general. His love of his favorite baseball team the Yankees was displayed when he wore his Yankees jerseys and hats and somehow he always managed to follow both the Stormchasers game and Yankees games at the same time! Kip always spoke affectionately of his wife and daughter and his love of family was obvious. We feel as though we have lost one of the last true gentlemen and although we knew him in a limited way - we are sad and will miss him. Our sympathy to his family over his sudden departure from this life.

Mary Chapin

March 7, 2019

I did not have the pleasure of working with Kip at Bellevue University but when I first met him and every time after, he was the friendliest person. I know he was open to new ideas in teaching and was always wanting to do what was best for our students. He was such a bright star at Bellevue. He will be missed.
Mary Chapin
Bellevue University

Gerald (Jerry) Kaminski

March 7, 2019

"Kip" was a classmate of mine in our Music Theory/Ear Training/Sight Singing Classes at UNO from 1977-1979. I remember him as always happy, upbeat, funny. He had a quick wit about him. He was extremely friendly to everyone. My sincere condolences to his wife and family.

Roger George

March 7, 2019

I worked along side Kip Kippley for 3 years helping him expand his SNAP program into Southeast Iowa. I recruited the SNAP program on Kip Kippley's demeanor and his background. Kip was always there for his students. He provided them his cell phone number and encouraged his students to use that device as a main communication channel. Kip provided labs on Saturdays for his students on his own time which is very rare at any university. I don't know how Kip accomplished all of these projects at work and still had a life outside of his work with his family.
Kip was always there for me if I needed him to pitch his program to one of my students or one of the faculty. Kip was a very good professor and friend. As a retired Air Force member, I really respected Kip as an Air Force veteran and how he treated the veteran community. Kip brings perspective to how people should live life. He opened my eyes with his sudden passing. What I can take from this misfortunate event is to live life the way Kip would have wanted to live his; be there for his wife and children, don't waste valuable time, take your job seriously and be there for your friends. I promise you Kip Kippley will be dearly missed at Bellevue University; especially by myself.
Roger D. George
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Bellevue University

Terra Beethe

March 7, 2019

Kippley family,
I will always remember when I met Kip for the first time after a church service at Faith. His infectious smile and caring disposition shined through as mom introduced me to him. The praise band had played that day and it was so amazing to see how much progress Lowgaen had made with his guitar thanks to Kip's guidance.
Over the years, your family has become apart of ours through PLAN and puppet team. I was then blessed to call him a colleague when he became faculty at BU. We had many conversations on ways to improve student interaction in the online classroom that I will cherish, and if I ever needed a sounding board on a training topic, I knew Kip would give me an honest answer.
Kip was a force and will always hold a special place in my family's hearts. I rejoice that he is finally home, but will deeply miss seeing him on campus and at PLAN events. Kip was my friend, colleague, and will always be family.
Gods Blessings,
Terra, Greg, and Mallory Beethe

George Lamperti

March 7, 2019

I had the privilege of working with Kip the last five years. While we shared many challenges, he always made our efforts a blessing because we treated our work as the ‘right’ thing to do for the university and our students. At the end of all our meetings, he always closed with “Thank you for all that you do.” Hidden within that statement was a mutual respect for all that we shared in our dedication to our God, country, and the university.

Kip made a concerted effort to help everyone he met be a better person. In doing so, he taught us what it means to live our lives for the glory of God. He was, is and will remain a part of the best of us.