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George K. Chipman

July 21, 2019
Estherville News

Funeral services for George K. Chipman, 98, of Estherville, will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 25, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Estherville with Pastor Kevin Moore officiating. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Estherville with military rites by VFW Post 3388 and American Legaion Post 91, both of Estherville. He passed away surrounded by his loving family on July 18, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home in Estherville.

Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at the church.

George K. Chipman, son of Burr and Thaila (Gardner) Chipman, was born on Feb. 26, 1921 in Danbury, Wis.

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George graduated from high school in Webster, Wis. He then went to River Falls Teacher's College and graduated with a major in Ag Education and a minor in Science and Engineering. On December 24, 1941, he was united in marriage to Clara Crittenden. George joined the United States Air Force in 1942, he was proud to say that he did his armament training at Yale University. During World War II the family lived in various places throughout the United States such as Spokane, Washington; Pocatello, Idaho; and Riverside, California. When George was serving in England, Clara lived back in Wisconsin with George's parents. George also served during the Korean War in Japan. Following George's active duty service, the family moved to Spirit Lake in 1947 and a short time later moved to Estherville where they made their home, next to Emmet Consolidated School north of town. The couple then built their home on 6th Street in Estherville. Later they moved to a farm south of Estherville where they permanently made their home. George farmed there for many years: working the land, selling seed corn and seed beans. George retired from the Air Force Reserves in 1966 as a Major. He worked as a Soil Conservationist for the Department of Agriculture for 30 years, retiring in 1976. He enjoyed educating many area sixth graders. Clara passed away on April 11, 2015.

George was a member of the United Methodist Church in Estherville. He was involved in the Methodist Men's Group, Heifer Project International, and a member of many church committees. George was a lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion. He was also active in Kiwanis. George was known for delivering many roses from his wife's garden to area ladies, to brighten their day.

George is survived by his children Don (Betty) Chipman of Mason City, Joyce Griffith, Nancy Hanby, and Lee Chipman all of Estherville; five granddaughters: Christy (Clayton) Adams, Tammy Jensen, Tina Friesner, Dawn Geisinger, and Holly Hanby; 11 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife Clara, infant son, his brother Marvin (Nancy) Chipman; and his sister Ruth (Leo) Snow. He is also preceded in death by his son-in-law David Hanby, and grandsons-in-law Larry Jensen and Donnie Geisinger.

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