ROSS HARVEY TIPPETS
May 10, 1925 – October 8, 2013
Ross Harvey Tippets passed away peacefully on October 8, 2013 in the Bear Lake Skilled Nursing Facility located in Montpelier, Idaho at age 88. He was born in a dirt-roofed, two-room log cabin near Georgetown, Idaho on May 10, 1925 to John Harvey Tippets and Irene Smith. He had an older sister, Vilate, and would later be blessed with a younger sister, Vivian.
Ross enjoyed his days growing up on his family’s small farm, and has often told his children that he never seemed to be bored because he had learned to entertain himself as a child. As an adolescent he had a pony that he would ride in the hills to the east of their home at the end of Three Mile Lane, south of Georgetown. As an adult, he loved to go hiking or deer hunting in his “old stomping grounds.”
During World War II, Ross served in the Army and completed his basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was discharged from the Army when his father passed away and he was needed at home to run the family farm.
After returning home, Ross married Delsa Thurber in the Logan, Utah LDS temple. They continued to live on the family farm and had three children (including one stillborn daughter) during the time they lived there.
In 1950, they moved to Ogden, Utah when Ross obtained work at Hill Air Force Base. They intended to stay in Utah only for the winter, but ended up staying for nearly 22 years, before moving back to Bear Lake County in 1972—settling in Bennington, this time.
While in Utah, Ross and Delsa were blessed with six more children, including a set of twin girls.
After returning to Bear Lake, Ross managed Bear River Lumber Company, and then went to work for Beker Industries in Soda Springs, later retiring from his job there.
Ross was an active and devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and filled numerous callings in his church, including serving on the high council, as stake clerk, and teaching Sunday school to both youth and adults for many years. He and Delsa served a mission for their church in Colorado and on Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
Ross loved the outdoors, and was never completely comfortable living in the city. After returning to Bear Lake, he often remarked that he felt like he was always on vacation.
He was a devoted husband and counted his family as his greatest treasure.
Ross was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Delsa; a stillborn daughter, Elizabeth; a son, Cory; his two sisters, Vilate and Vivian; a grandson, Andrew Brown; and a son-in-law, Clayton Robison.
He is survived by seven children: Terry (Karen), Omaha, Nebraska; Diana (Charles) Abadi, Valley Glen, California; John (Nancy), Bennington; Susan Robison, San Diego, California; Jean (Arlen) Alleman, Bennington; Judy (David) Wilde, Mink Creek, Idaho; and Trudy Brown, Logan, Utah. He is blessed with a large posterity, including 39 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held in the Bennington Ward meetinghouse of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, October 12, at 1:00 pm. A viewing will be held at the same location from 11:00 am to 12:45 pm the day of the funeral.