Raymond Hilpipre, age 86 of Eatonton, GA and formerly Blue Earth passed away Monday March 6, 2023 in Athens, GA. Funeral services will be 11AM Saturday March 11 at Faith Lutheran Church in Blue Earth with Rev. Brent Walker officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church and burial with military honors will be at Riverview Cemetery in Elmore. Online condolences can be left at www.pattonfh.com
Raymond Ronald Hilpipre was born on October 29, 1936 in Pilot Grove Township in Faribault County, MN to Henry and Emma (Mosier) Hilpipre. He was baptized along with all of his siblings on January 4, 1957 by Rev. Aaron Link of Elmore United Methodist Church. Ray Graduated from Elmore high school in 1954. Ray served in the US Army from December of 1959 to March of 1962.
Ray lived in Elmore MN until he married Lorraine V. (Skogen, Childs) August 3, 1968 in Sioux Falls, SD. Raymond was a mechanic for Green Giant. Ray was transferred along with his new family to Decatur, Georgia in April, 1969. Raymond and Lorraine bought property in Eatonton Georgia when he retired from Green Giant. Ray and Lorraine enjoyed the remainder of their years in Eatonton in addition to spending 6 months every summer in Blue Earth, MN after purchasing a house in 2007.
Ray was a very talented man with his hands. He made dozens of benches for everyone out of old headboards. He enjoyed deer hunting and sharing those bounties with family and friends. Fishing was a passion he enjoyed and whenever he got a chance he would go to Chamberlain, SD with family members and friends. Gardening was also an enjoyment and he shared his harvest with neighbors, friends and family. Ray's memory will be cherished.
Raymond is survived by his 5 children, Tom (Kathi) Childs of Fairmont MN, Sue (Mark) Hauskins of Blue Earth, MN, Becky (Terry) Markert of Decatur, GA, Lori Stapp of Eatonton, GA, Bill (Liz) Childs of Candler, NC. Sisters, Phyllis Rohlin of Spirit Lake IA, JoAnn Smith of Brooklyn Center, MN, Barbara (Lester) Wood of Big Lake, MN, 14 Grandchildren, 21 Great Grandchildren and 4 Great Great- Grandchildren, Sister- in-Law Jean Hilpipre of Blue Earth, MN, Special Friend Linda Powers of Eatonton GA, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
He was proceeded in death by his wife Lorraine in 2013, parents Henry and Emma, Daughter Sheila (Childs) Ferguson, Brothers Donald, Harold and Brother-in-Law Roy Rohlin.