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Dean D. Hipke

Issue Date: January 6, 2022

Dean D. Hipke, 90, of Peshtigo, passed away Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 at St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls. 

Born Dec. 3, 1931, to Edwin and Marie (Weber) Hipke, he graduated from Peshtigo High School in 1949 and served in the United States Air Force at the rank of Staff Sergeant and was stationed on the island of Okinawa during the Korean conflict.

He farmed 80 acres south of Peshtigo and also worked at several area businesses over the years, including Dumke Bros. Implement, Thompson Boat Co. and Kargard/Silvan Industries.

A gifted mechanic, he could acquire a disabled car "for parts" and make it drivable again, often for one of his kids. His skill in repairing farm machinery was widely known and the "tractor doctor" made regular house calls at homesteads across two counties. He could take apart and rebuild a John Deere "B' and his passion project was his Farmall 350 diesel.

In addition to puttering on the farm, he enjoyed playing pool and darts at his favorite watering holes, and was a regular at the Peshtigo Cafe for Sunday breakfast with his sister and anyone else who showed up. He had many friends of all ages who enjoyed his wit and trusted his wisdom, referring to him as the "Mayor of Hale Road."

Survivors include a son, Thom (Cassie) Hipke; six daughters, Christine Hipke (Jim Zimick), Teresa (Ken) Kobus, Tammy Hipke (special friend, Ron Fahl), Anita (Donn) Morois, Deana Hipke (John Krueger) and Jodean Hipke (Paul Kramer); 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Darlene "Cookie" Grandaw; two sisters-in-law, Marjorie Hipke and Rose Hipke and many nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Hipke; two brothers, Allen and Richard and a brother-in-law, Harold Grandaw.

Visitation will be held at Berth and Rosenthal Funeral Home in Peshtigo on Friday, Jan. 7 from 2 p.m. until time of a brief Prayer Service at 4 p.m. For the health and safety of all, the family requests that face coverings Be Worn while indoors.


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