Raymond C. Nipp, 70, of Le Mars, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Raymond Claire Nipp was born March 17, 1935, in Irene, S.D., the son of John and Anna (Buckley) Nipp. He attended grade school at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Le Mars and later graduated from Merrill High School in 1954. In the same tradition of his brothers Bob and Tom, Ray faithfully served in the United States Marine Corps. Following his honorable discharge he remained in Downey, Calif., and worked for the Coca-Cola Company. In 1972 he returned to Merrill to live on the family farm and work at American Popcorn (Jolly Time) in Sioux City. Ray retired in 1991. He remained on the family farm until moving to Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars on Dec. 8, 1997.
Ray was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church and the Oleson-Halweg American Legion Post #125. He was an avid sports fan and closely followed Notre Dame football. He also enjoyed fishing, playing cards and crossword puzzles. While living on the farm, Ray had an extensive vegetable garden and assisted his brother Tom with grave decoration on Memorial Day.
Ray will be lovingly remembered by a sister, Colleen Smith and her husband, Stuart of Cherokee; brothers, Bob Nipp and his wife, Andree of Falls Church, Va., Bernard Nipp and his wife, Peg of Downey, Calif., Don Nipp and his wife, Dorothy of Riverside, Calif., Johnny Nipp of Bellflower, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Rosie Nipp of Merrill; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Eunice Nipp; a brother Tom Nipp; and a sister-in-law Delores Nipp.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Merrill. The Rev. Nickolas L. Becker will officiate. Burial will follow at Assumption Catholic Cemetery in Merrill. Military honors will be provided by Oleson-Halweg Post #125 of the American Legion in Merrill. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m., and a Scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m.
There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to Mass on Friday.