John B. Pippin, 91, died on March 11, 2014 at St. John’s Hospice. He was born in Sangamon County on October 9, 1922, the son of Paul A. and Helen K. (Powers) Pippin.
He was a 1940 graduate of Springfield High School. John joined the Navy in 1942 and served aboard the USS Hilbert (DE 742) in the Pacific theatre. The ship was engaged in operations at Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Palace, Leyte, Luzon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and in third fleet operations against Japan. The ship was used mainly in anti-submarine duty and received eight battle stars.
John married Charolette N. Hoskins in Springfield on November 28, 1946. They were the parents of two children, Katherine S. and John R. Pippin. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Charolette (1979) and his son, John (1999).
He is survived by his daughter, Katherine Pippin Pauley (Edward) of Springfield; daughter-in-law, Chong Pippin of Las Vegas, Nevada; three granddaughters, Lisa Grab (John) of Anchorage, Alaska, Sarah Irwin (Nate) of Springfield and Charolette Pippin Marsh (Bill) of Reno, Nevada; five great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter; his brother Paul E. (Kay) Pippin of Marion; three nephews and one niece.
John served six years in the U.S. Navy and fourteen years in the U.S. Air Force, serving at bases in Illinois, Iceland, Michigan, Texas, California and Oklahoma. He retired from the military in 1964. He then went to work for C.I.P.S. as a customer service representative working in Marion and Harrisburg, Illinois. John was an avid golfer and fisherman. He was a member of the Masons, Bodley Lodge #1 of Quincy, IL; a lifetime member of the VFW in Marion, IL; a lifetime member of the American Legion, Chatham, IL; a member of the Harrisburg Kiwanis; served as President of the Lion’s Club in Harrisburg, IL; and served as exalted ruler of the Elks in Marion, IL. He retired from C.I.P.S. in 1988 and resided in Marion until returning to Springfield in the fall of 2006.
The family would like to thank the staff of Memorial Medical Center (sixth floor) and of St. John’s Hospice for the care which he received during his final illness.
Visitation: 12 – 2 pm Friday, March 14, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 2:00 pm Friday, March 14, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home with Deacon David Erdmann officiating. Burial will follow at Stout Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.