OBITUARY

John Robert Whipple

July 12, 1926April 5, 2013

John Robert Whipple Urbandale

John Robert Whipple, 86, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2013, at Senior Suites of Urbandale. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at McLaren’s Chapel in West Des Moines with burial at the Agency, Iowa Cemetery.

John was born in Wapello County, IA on July 12, 1926 to Don and Patricia Whipple. On April 8, 1944, John was united in marriage to Grace Irene Wellman. Shortly after, he enlisted in the Navy, where he was assigned to the aircraft carrier, U. S. S. Randolph. He served for the last several months of WWII, and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries received on March 11, 1945. After returning home from the war, John farmed in the Ottumwa area, before moving the family to Des Moines in 1957. He retired from the U. S. Postal Service in 1986. John was an active member of the Greater Des Moines Umpires Association and was recognized by them for 25 years of service. He was also a member of Fort Des Moines United Methodist Church.

John is survived by two daughters, Mary Helen (John) Stone of Blue Springs, MO and Connie (Charles) Kimpston of Polk City; daughter-in-law, Deborah Whipple of Indianola; grandchildren, Carrie (Scott) Turner of Lee’s Summit, MO, Kim (Karen) Belanger of Kirksville, MO, Jeff and Paul Whipple of Indianola, Brett Shedd and Julie Miller of Polk City; great-grandchildren, Kaydee Belanger, Zachary and Jordan Turner and Jory Miller. John is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Grace; son, John Robert Whipple II; grandson, Matthew John Shedd; parents; and sisters, Kay Newton and Patty Anderson.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at McLaren’s Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Fort Des Moines United Methodist Church or Hospice of Central Iowa.

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, April 8, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, April 7, 2013
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April 07, 2013

Whipple Family,
With Deepest Sympathy
May the love of family and friends comfort you through your time of sorrow.
My thoughts and prayers are with you
today and always. Christine

Cheryl Tinsley

April 8, 2013

My sympathy and prayers are with your family Mary.

B. Gardner

April 8, 2013

To the family of John Robert Whipple. Losing a loved one in death is a traumatic experience. We are encouraged to "throw all our anxiety upon Almighty God, because He cares for us." (1Peter 5:6 and 7)

Lu Patterson-Sisco

April 7, 2013

I was so sorry to hear of his passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers in the days and months ahead. Love, Steve and Lu Sisco

April 7, 2013

Dearest Family,
The photo gallery is a beautiful tribute in memory of Uncle John's life. Remembering with you and sharing your sorrow.
Our love and blessings, Bernadette and Lawson

April 7, 2013

April 7, 2013