Bob D. Sipe, age 87, a resident of rural Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2020, at the Medicalodge in Ft. Scott. He was born March 10, 1933, in Ft. Scott, the son of Harold Gano Sipe and Harriett Thelma Fitzgerald Sipe.
Bob married Joyce Beckford on December 3, 1950, at the Devon United Methodist Church
. In earlier years, Bob helped his dad do carpentry work. He later took a job with the Hercules Powder Company in DeSoto, Kansas where he worked for several years. In 1973, Bob moved back to Ft. Scott where he worked for a short time for Bruce Marble and Granite Works and then for Mercy Hospital where he served as boiler operator for twenty-four years. In addition to working at Mercy, Bob also operated his own farm.
Bob was a good man; he was always willing to help a friend or family member in need.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and going to auctions, but above all, he enjoyed spending quality time with his grandchildren. They have many wonderful memories of Grandpa Bob telling stories, singing silly songs and exploring the family farm and the banks of Mill Creek on the jeep. Bob was a member of the Devon United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge and the Eastern Star.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce, and their three children, Jeff Sipe (Candy), of Linwood, Kansas, Cheryl Ross, also of Linwood and Chana Marshall (Shawn), of Ft. Scott; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, John Sipe (Marilyn), of Ft. Scott and a sister, Patsy Vaughn of Nevada, Missouri as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Shirley Loubier and his son-in-law, Mark Ross.
There was cremation.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.