Larry A. Gipp

Larry A. Gipp passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at Evergreen Care Center of Shawano from a lengthy illness.

Larry was born in the town of Hartland, Shawano County, to the late Arthur and Myrtle (Deering) Gipp on March 24, 1937. He graduated from Bonduel High School in 1954. After high school, he drove an egg route truck for Jordan & Sons. Larry then attended Appleton Vocational School for auto mechanics and was employed at Chief Pontiac GMC Sales in Bonduel for over 30 years as a lube technician. Later, he was employed in the automotive department at Montgomery Wards in Shawano for 10 years. In 1997, Larry retired due to health problems.

On June 24, 1967, he was united in marriage to Patricia M. Vernosh at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay. Larry is a longtime member of Peace United Church of Christ in Shawano, where he served as an usher, worked at the chili dinners and helped at the church fair stand during the Shawano County Fair. He was a member of the men’s breakfast club at Peace Church, the Bonduel Community Archives, Shawano County Historical Society and the Shawano County Republican Party.

Larry liked to go to music in the park on Sundays, and if a country western band was playing, he would request “Waltz across Texas.” He enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers and NASCAR on TV, and playing sheepshead, smear and cribbage.

Larry enjoyed going to couples dances in the area and traveling to different states on vacation. For Larry and Patricia’s 25th wedding anniversary, they went to Hawaii for seven days.

Larry is survived by his wife, Patricia; sisters-in-law, Ila Mae Gipp, of Shawano, Margaret Vernosh, of De Pere, Ellen O’Blenes, of Green Bay, and Barbara (Gary) VanderVest, of Abrams; nieces, Brenda (Tony) Koeppel, of Stevens Point, and Michelle (Daniel) Moldenhauer, of Waconia, Minnesota; nephews, Arnold (Julia) Gipp, of Bonduel, Matthew (Heidi) O’Blenes and Randy (Kim) Hill Sr., of Green Bay; great-nieces, Candace (Nate) Strehlau, of Wisconsin Rapids, Steffanie (Joe) Gehl, of Hartford, Amanda (Ryan) Krause, of Neenah, Crystal Hill, of Green Bay, and Elizabeth O’Blenes, of Green Bay; great-nephews, Jared (fiancée, Christi Krueger) Gipp, of Neenah, and Randy Hill Jr., of Green Bay. He is further survived by a great-great-niece, Maebel Strehlau, and great great-nephews, Isaiah and Monte Strehlau; as well as other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, De Wayne Gipp; parents-in-law, Alvin and Mary Vernosh; one brother-in-law, Jerome Hill; and one nephew, Lance Cpl. William E. Hill.

Funeral services for Larry will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at Peace United Church of Christ with the Rev. Marty Black officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in the spring. Visitation will be held at Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, from 4-8 p.m. and again at the church on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Peace United Church of Christ, Bonduel Community Archives, Shawano County Historical Society and American Legion Post 117 of Shawano or the Shawano City-County K-9 unit.

A special thank you goes out to Steve and Debbie Martzke, neighbors, the staff at Evergreen Care Center and ThedaCare Hospice team.