Donald Robert Phipps
Donald Robert Phipps, age 96, passed on to his heavenly home on Friday, December 12, 2014 at the Schnepp Senior Care and Rehab Center in St. Louis. Donald was born December 27, 1917 in Detroit, the son of Everett and Hattie (Schofield) Phipps. Donald graduated from Waite High School in Toledo, Ohio, in 1936 and in 1942 from Cincinnati Bible Seminary with a Bachelor of Sacred Literature degree.
On June 29, 1942, Donald married Bonnie Jean Johnson in Berkley, Michigan. Donald and Bonnie served in ministry for more than 40 years, including Churches of Christ in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, New York and Wisconsin. He was a member of the Vestaburg Church of Christ. Donald enjoyed reading, music and opera, playing classical guitar, drawing boat designs, camping, hiking, sailing, canoeing and spending time with his friends.
Donald is survived by his sons, John (Melanie) Phipps of Comstock Park, Michigan and David (Amy) Phipps of San Antonio, Texas; four grandchildren, Brian (JoAnna), Aaron (Sharon) and Jesse Phipps and Amber Williams (Tom); two step-grandchildren, Benjamin Dameron and Amanda McChesney (Joe), seven great-grandchildren and three nieces.
Donald was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie on Dec. 9, 2013; his parents, Everett and Hattie and three brothers: Glenn, Charles and Leonard.
Per Donald’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at Vestaburg Church of Christ, Pastor Thomas McNerney officiating. Visitation will be on that day from noon to 1 p.m., and a reception will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Vestaburg Church of Christ.
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