Elmer Eugene Lippert, a former serviceman, logger and rancher, died Dec. 28, 2005, at his residence in Prairie City. He was 83.

A funeral service was held Dec. 31, 2005, at Driskill Memorial Chapel. Pastor Denny Diezel of John Day Methodist Church officiated.

Mr. Lippert was born July 8, 1922, in Baker City to Eugene H. and Mandy Richardson Lippert. He attended school in Granite, Ukiah and Ritter, where he spent most of his childhood.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1944, during World War II. He was in Berlin during the fall of Germany and also spent time in the Philippines.

Mr. Lippert worked on the family ranch in Ritter and logged for Pilot Rock Lumber Co. in Dale for twenty years. He met Virginia Sullens and the couple married in 1955, and moved to Prairie City where he went to work for the Grant County Road Department until his retirement. After Virginia died, Elmer married June Chipman in 1980. In 2002, she died as well.

Mr. Lippert enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Elks Lodge.

He is survived by two sons, Eugene Lippert and his wife, Susan; Benjamin Lippert and his wife, Tina; seven stepchildren, Marie, Terry, Lilly, June, Ace, Ken and Linda; two brothers, Harold of Burns and Lauren and his wife, Joan, of John Day; one sister, JoAnn Stratton, and her husband, Don, of John Day; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Eye Clinic through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

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