Robert (Bob) Joseph Tippit

May 23, 1949May 3, 2014

Robert (Bob) Joseph Tippit

Funeral services honoring Robert Joseph Tippit, 64, of Minden, will be held Thursday, May 8, at 2:00 P.M. at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville, Louisiana. Officiating will be Reverend Steve Gilley of Minden First Baptist Church. Bob was born May 23, 1949 in Baton Rouge, LA, and passed away on May 3, 2014 after a year long battle with cancer. Bob is survived by family who loved him: wife, Nancy Hone Tippit; his daughters and sons-in-law, Shanda and Brian Schoeff of Bossier City, Dana and Benny Bridges of Shreveport; son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Andrea Tippit, 6 grandchildren, Zach and Andrew Tippit, Samantha Purvis, Jacob Bridges, Landon and Alexander Schoeff; Bob’s mother, Ruth Horton Nolan of Shreveport; sisters and brothers –in-law, Gayle and John Savage of Shreveport, Kathi Moore and Macil Wikie of Monroe, and Tina and Joey Hester of Shreveport. He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Joseph Tippit, Jr. of Monroe and his stepfather, Van Ross Nolan of Shreveport. Bob grew up in Monroe, came to know the Lord Jesus at an early age, and was baptized on April 10, 1960, at College Place Baptist Church. He graduated from Neville High School where he played fullback for the legendary Coach Ruple. He attended Northeast Louisiana University and the University of Alabama. He served his country honorably in the United States Air Force, stationed in Thailand and Vietnam during the Vietnam conflict. After his four active duty years of military service, Bob returned to Louisiana where he began his career with the plastics industry. He was employed for twenty-four years with Ludlow/Berry Plastics in Homer as New Products Development Manager. Most recently, he was a partner with GT Products. Known as incredibly smart and funny, with a keen memory, Bob also was creative and talented with wood-working. He could refinish and renovate anything, from antique furniture to major home projects. He always had several projects going and his skill was evident in the finished result. His greatest enjoyment in his last years came from his grandchildren. Whether helping them win a cub scout derby race or building elaborate lego sets, “Da” was totally involved with them. He was thrilled and proud at each of their individual abilities, accomplishments, and personalities. Bob had an amazingly generous and loving spirit. Honoring Bob as pallbearers will be Brad Tippit, Benny Bridges, Brian Schoeff, John Savage, J.D. Savage, and Donnie Irby. Online condolences may be shared at


  • Celebration of Life "Graveside" Thursday, May 8, 2014

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Gustavo Gonzalez

February 9, 2015

Bob was my friend..... my great friend for the last 22 years. My boss, advisor, partner.... will never stop missing him. It was a great honor to meet him.

Jan Cook

June 27, 2014

The members of R&DA send our condolences to Bob's Family. Bob was a faithful member and supporter of R&DA (Research & Development Associates For Military Food & Packaging Systems) for many years. Bob always had a smile on his face and will be missed by all.

James Tripp

June 24, 2014

Deal Ruth, Gayle and Kathi,
Mom sent me a copy of Bob's obituary. I am so sorry to hear of his passing... but at the same time, so glad that after all the years apart, we had a chance to see each other again... one more time.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will always be neighbors and friends!

Tom Talley

May 13, 2014

Gayle, I'm so sorry for you and your family. His time was way to short.

Joe Downs

May 9, 2014

Gayle - So sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family.

Bill Griffith

May 9, 2014

I am sorry for your loss. I worked with Bob for a good number of years at Ludlow / Berry. We had many good times during those years. We will all miss him. Hopefully time will dull the pain of his loss, but not erase any of the memories of the good times spent together. God Bless.
Bill Griffith

David Bushnell

May 8, 2014

I deeply regret having lost touch with Bobby after having attended church and high school together for so many years prior to his leaving to Vietnam. My heart goes out to Ruth and Gayle who my fond memories also remain with now.

For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud

May 8, 2014

The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Robert Joseph (Bob) Tippit our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Bob. And to Bob it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during the Vietnam War while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Bob, we commend you for your honorable service. You are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Bob's family and loved ones.

Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

James Mazariz, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101

May 8, 2014

I was sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. He and I grew up together and he was a great guy in every way. My thoughts are with his family, especially his Mother, Ruth Nolan, who was a friend of my mother and has kept me informed on Bobby. Ken Shively

Art LaGrange

May 8, 2014

So sorry to hear of your loss. Bobby was a classmate at Neville and was a friend to all. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.