Alan E. Kipe, 81

MAY 6, 1931-APRIL 22, 2013

April 23, 2013
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Alan Eugene Kipe, 81, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Monday, April 22, 2013, at his home, with his three daughters at his side. He has joined his beloved wife of almost 44 years, Mary Horst Kipe, who passed away Oct. 4, 1995.

Born May 6, 1931, Alan was the youngest son of the late Omar and Catherine Kipe of Waynesboro, Pa.

He will always be the most wonderful daddy to his three girls, Cheryl Yeagy and husband, Malcolm (Sonny) Yeagy, of Boonsboro, Md., Beverly Kipe and husband, William (Bill) Nicholas, of Clear Spring, Md., and Nancy Burral and husband, George Burral Jr., of Boonsboro.

He was also cherished by his seven grandchildren, their friends and spouses, Charlie Harris, Desert Rose and Pam Harris, Donavan Harris and friend, Carly Wright, Nancy Rebekah (Becki) and Sean Phetteplace, all of Hagerstown, Mary and Greg Duffey of Greenwood, S.C., George Burral III of Funkstown, Md., and Katti and Aaron Lehman of Boonsboro.

His five great-grandchildren, Alex and Zach Albright, Riley and Skyler Lehman, and Liam Duffey, will all have memories of "Pap Pap."

Alan is now rejoicing with his brother, Omar Keith Kipe, and his sister, Gladys Kipe Paulus. Cherishing his memory are his remaining brothers and sisters, Bishop Frank Kipe and wife, Lois, and Howard Kipe and wife, Lois, of Waynesboro, Janet Hostetter Martin of Chambersburg, Pa., and Lois Peckman of St. Thomas, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is loved by Mary's family, the family of the late Otho and Anna Horst of Clear Spring. Alan has also been blessed to have many special friends, including those he had yet to meet.

Besides his family, Alan's true love was his music. He was gifted with a unique voice and the talent of playing guitar, piano and harmonica, along with other instruments. He was a songwriter as well as a singer and musician. He spent many hours entertaining at area nursing homes and churches. Over the years, he played with many other talented musicians and various bands, specializing in country and gospel music. His own song, "Diesel in the Wind," even ended up on jukeboxes at many truck stops up and down the East Coast.

He attended Mountain Top Ministries in Orrtanna, Pa., where he enjoyed being part of the musical programs, playing instruments and singing with other members of the congregation. Before that, he was the music and choir director at Hollowell Brethren in Christ in Waynesboro.

Alan retired from Ryder P.I.E. (Pacific Intermountain Express) as a truck driver, shortly after starting Kipe's Upholstery on Longmeadow Road in Paramount, Md. 

He had a very interesting and exciting life. He was a longtime member of Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co. He served as a firefighter and driver, with the fire police and as chaplain. He enjoyed amateur radio, motorcycling and traveled extensively. 

We would like to thank all of the wonderful caregivers who have helped us keep Daddy at home, and a special thank you to Hospice of Washington County.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Alan, we suggest Longmeadow Fire Co. or your local hospice.

A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Maugansville Fire Hall, 13730 Maugansville Road, Maugansville, Md. This will be a musical and storytelling event. Please bring any stories or memories you would like to share. Lunch and social time will follow.

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