Dale Dean Chipps Sr., 92, a resident of Kerens, departed this life early Sunday morning, Feb. 3, 2013, in Princeton Community Hospital at Princeton. He had been in declining health for the past three months.
He was born Thursday, Dec. 30, 1920, at Elkins, a son of the late Clinton B. and Mabel Dean Chipps.
On Nov. 1, 1941, he was married to the former Mildred Louise Poling, who preceded him in death Oct. 12, 2006. They had celebrated 64 years of marriage.
Surviving are two sons, Dale Dean Chipps Jr. of Fort Myers, Fla., and Thomas S. Chipps and wife, Jane Rothlisberger Chipps, of Beckley; five grandchildren, Lory Chipps Dillon and husband, Tyler, of Ft. Myers, Fla., Matthew Dean Chipps of Bridgeport, Jason Thomas Chipps and wife, Katherine, of Charleston, Ashley Jane Chipps and and Joshua Hunter Chipps, both of Beckley; and five great-grandchildren, Braden Thomas Chipps, Ella Grace Chipps, Hannah Marie Dillon, Tyler Dillon III and Jack Dillon.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Preceding him in death were one sister, Pauline Arles Harsh; and two granddaughters, Carey Elizabeth Chipps and Kelly Suzanne Chipps.
He was a graduate of Elkins High School with the class of 1939 and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II, from 1942 to 1945, being a part of the Normandy Invasion, the Casablanca Invasion and served on the Atlantic Fleet Flag Ship that carried President Truman. He was an employee of the West Virginia Division of Highways with 35 years of service, retiring as the supervisor of the District 8 Material Testing Laboratory. He was a member of the former Kerens Lodge 183, IOOF, was a member of H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elkins Lodge No. 8, A.F. & A.M. where he was a 32nd degree Mason and the former Harts Chapel Methodist Church at Kerens.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home chapel Friday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. The Rev. Kevin Gainer will officiate, and interment will follow at the Israel Cemetery at Kerens where H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the United States Navy will conduct full military honors.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Israel Church Cemetery Fund, Route 2, Box 304-B, Elkins, WV 26241. Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Dale Dean Chipps Sr. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.