Glenn J. Kipp


Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2002

Kenai resident Glenn J. Kipp died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at his home after a year-long battle with lung cancer. He was 78.

No formal services will be held, but the Kipp family will be at home to receive visitors Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1407 Fifth Ave. in Kenai. His ashes will be buried at a later date in the Kenai City Cemetery.

Mr. Kipp was born Jan. 7, 1924, in Grand Junction, Colo. He graduated from Esparto High School in Rumsey, Calif. He achieved the rank of junior engineer in the Merchant Marines, completed both private and commercial pilot training, held a private pilot's license and was a licensed amateur radio operator.

Mr. Kipp was a World War II veteran and was a major in the Civil Air Patrol, commanding the Kenai Squadron for many years. For the many search and rescue missions he flew, he was awarded the 1964 Alaska Search and Rescue Trophy by the Order of the Daedalians.

Mr. Kipp moved to Kenai in June 1954. He was a licensed electrical administrator, and he owned and operated Kenai Electric Supply from 1956 to the present.

He was a member of the Kenai Elks, the American Legion, National Rifle Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Mr. Kipp served on the Construction Advisory Board for the Kenai Peninsula Borough for many years. As a volunteer, he taught code and theory classes in amateur radio.

"One of his greatest pleasures was the time he spent trouble-shooting electrical problems for the customers of Kenai Electric," his family said.

He enjoyed his 1939 J-3 Piper Cub, hunting, gardening and his world travels.

Mr. Kipp was preceded in death by his eldest son, Darrell Glenn Kipp.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Clarice Kipp of Kenai; daughter, Melanie Kipp of Kenai; son, Jeffrey Kipp of Kenai; daughter and son-in-law, Bettina and Lambert Lavea of Kenai; daughter, Vanessa Fry of Anchorage; sister, Thelma Stahly of Alabama; brother-in-law and wife, James and Tomasa Van Sickel of Kenai; nephews, Steve Tanner of Nikiski and Gary Barnes of Soldotna; grandchildren, Amy Marquis and her husband, Matt, of Redlands, Calif., Alissa Seely-Kipp and Evalena Lavea, both of Kenai, and Alex Fry of Anchorage; and step-grandchildren, Linson, Liloa and Lehua Lavea of Kenai and Maile Lavea of Anchorage.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. Kipp's name to the Cadet Training Program of the Kenai Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, 700 First St., Kenai, AK 99611.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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