He was born on April 17, 1924, in Erie to John Henry Tipping and Minerva Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Hoffman) Tipping. He graduated from Erie High School.
On April 17, 1944, he married Lela Cox at Humboldt. She preceded him in death on June 25, 2009.
He worked many years at Meadow Sweet Creamery in Erie and was a truck driver to haul grade A milk for delivery in Parsons, Joplin and Wichita. He and his wife also farmed east of Erie. For several years before retirement, he worked for Neosho County as a truck driver.
He enjoyed hunting birds and fishing in early years. Boating and camping were enjoyed with the family prior to his farming involvement. He loved to play cards with the family and at the senior center.
In September 2008, John and Lela moved from the farm to the Prairie Mission Retirement Center in St. Paul. As their health changed, they moved to the Iola area, and he was residing at Moran Manor until his death.
Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Gregg and her husband, Don, of El Dorado and Judy Kramer and her husband, David, of Iola; a son, John Lee Tipping and his wife, Judy, of Enid, Okla.; grandchildren, Tracy Kilpatrick and her husband, Charles, of Wichita, Bradley Gregg and his wife, Jenni, of El Dorado, Douglas Gregg and his wife, Jen, of Virginia Beach, Va., Shellee Sattelmeier and her husband, Scott, of Whitewater, Shanna Cambron of Enid, Okla., Mike Kramer and his wife, Kelli, of Iola and John Kramer of Iola; 15 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; many nieces and nephews; and two sisters, Lottie Bass and her husband, Mason Jr., of Columbus and Margaret Cobaugh of Carthage, Mo.
He also was preceded in death by a sister, Amy Madl; and a brother, Dwight “Buck” Tipping.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Erie Federated Church. The family will greet friends and relatives at a reception immediately following the service in the church basement fellowship hall. Burial will be in East Hill Cemetery. Friends also may call at Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Erie this afternoon and evening and Friday morning.
Memorials are suggested to either the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of the donor’s choice and may be sent to the funeral home at Box 182, Erie, 66733. Online condolences may be left at wallfuneralservices.com.