Norwalk Reflector: Bernard R. “Bernie” Hipp Sr.

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Bernard R. “Bernie” Hipp Sr.

• May 7, 2019 at 4:30 PM

NORWALK — Bernard R. “Bernie” Hipp Sr. died on May 5, 2019 after a brief illness at the University of Toledo Medical Center; he was 81 years old. Born on May 28, 1937 to the late Raymond and Loretta (nee Callaway) Hipp in Shelby, Ohio, Bernie grew up on a farm and spent most of his life in the Norwalk area. 

He was a 1955 Norwalk St Paul High School graduate and had served his country as part of the Army National Guard.

Bernie worked for the City of Norwalk’s water and sewage department for 30 years and at St Paul Catholic School for 26 years. He also worked for G A Pickworth Auctioneers for many years. 

Bernard enjoyed walking, puzzles, word search, playing cards, watching the Cleveland Indians, woodworking projects, and attending St Paul sporting events. He was a lifetime member of the Norwalk Eagles 711, where he served as a chaplain. Bernie also sang in the St Paul Catholic Church funeral choir for many years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Joan (nee Bogner) Hipp; children, Patricia (Timothy) Ziegler of Toledo, Karen (Frank) Wise, Sue Sprague and Bernie Hipp Jr all of Norwalk; sisters, Dolores Missler of Bellevue and Gerry (Al) Williams of Gibsonburg; grandchildren, Kevin (Jessica) Wise, Jennifer (Daniel) Greenwell, Nicole Lieber, Bryan Ziegler, Ashley Lieber and Jessica Sprague; great grandchildren, Isabelle, Camden, Kylie and Lydia. Bernie is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Bernie was preceded in death by his brothers, Arnold and Richard and brother in-law Harold Missler.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 9, 2019, from 4 – 8 p.m. at Walker-Eastman-Heydinger Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk with a brief service being conducted within the visitation by the Norwalk Eagles at 7 pm. Funeral Mass will be held at St Paul Catholic Church on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 10:30 am with Fr. Andrew Wellmann officiating.

Memorial contributions may be directed to FCEDO (Firelands Catholic Economic Development Office, 93 East Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio 44857 or St Paul Church, 91 East Main Street, Norwalk. 

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