Richard Franklin Sipes

Posted: Monday, July 03, 2000

Longtime Kenai resident Richard Franklin Sipes died Friday, June 30, 2000, at his home in Kenai. He was 57.

Private family services were held Saturday with Pastor William Miller officiating, with an additional service held Sunday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel with Pastor Dan Eason officiating.

Mr. Sipes was born June 16, 1943, in Fenton, Mich., to John and Geraldine Sipes. He lived in Kenai for the last 19 years, enjoying fishing, hunting and spending as much time as possible with his family.

"A gift from God, our father had compassion, love and understanding that had no bounds. He walked the path of life as he spoke the sounds. His wife, children, family and the Lord were his greatest love. The Lord blessed and honored our family with his life from above. No one will ever replace his love that he has given us in our hearts.

"We will all cherish his memory with our love for the rest of our lives. The Lord in heaven will give our father a star so that we can always look to the heavens just to say hello with love. He will always be with us holding our hands and walking by our side. We shall all carry on his life of love, compassion and understanding through the rest of our days. For our father was a gift from God. Love always his wife, children, and friends," his family wrote, adding, "Our father always believed to have compassion and love for others before yourself, this is what the Lord wanted us all to do, this is the way he lived."

Mr. Sipes is survived by his wife of 37 years, Ruth Ann Sipes, of Kenai; son, Richard John Sipes, of Kenai; son and daughter-in-law, Curtis and Jeanne Sipes, of Anchorage; daughters Paula Sipes, Cherye Sipes and Geraldine Sipes, all of Kenai; daughter and son-in-law, Darlene (Sipes) and Gary Kernan, of Kenai; brothers Darwin Sipes, of Sterling, and Johnny Sipes of Michigan; sister, Judy Collion of Michigan; grandson, Arnold Sipes, of Kenai; numerous nieces and nephews; stepbrother, Gary Davis, of Michigan; stepsister, Bonnie Wagner, of Michigan; and stepmother, Lorena Sipes, of Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, Central Peninsula Unit, P.O. Box 2165, Kenai, AK 99611.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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