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Clarence Samuel Lippert

November 3, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Clarence wrote his own obituary before he died because he wanted to have the final word. Clarence Samuel Lippert, Sabetha, Kansas died on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 at Sabetha, Kan. He died of an apparent heart attack. Now admit it, you always wanted the obituary to list what caused the person to die.

Clarence was the fourth of four boys born to Lloyd and Martha Lipperton a farm near Delmont, S. D. He was born on Aug. 30, 1939. Two days later Hitler invaded Poland, but there is no known connection.

Clarence attended elementary school in Delmont. After graduating from high school at Mitchell, South Dakota in 1957, Clarence enlisted in the United States Army. He served 29 months in Germany and became a Sergeant, tank commander.

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Clarence Samuel Lippert

After the Army, he lived in Columbus, Neb. In 1962, Clarence somehow convinced Glennis Smith to marry. She proved to be the nicest person he ever met.

Clarence earned Bachelor and Master degrees from Wayne State College (1964 & 1968) and taught high school social studies for eight years. To qualify as a school administrator, he earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of South Dakota. For a total of 29 years he served as Superintendent of schools at Niobrara, Nebraska; Clarinda, Iowa; and Iowa's South Tama County Schools. He retired in 2002, he and Glennis moved to Sabetha, Kansas and traveled extensively.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Lester (Doris) Lippert of Torrance, Calif. and Harvey (Velma) of Mount Ida, Ark.

He is survived by his wife, Glennis and children, Brad (Kathy), Sabetha, Kan. and Noelle (Mark) Stoffel, West Bend, Wisc. Also surviving is his brother, Norman (Mavis) Lippert, Richland, Wash. From oldest to youngest, his grandchildren include; Bradlee Fretschel, Nicholas Stoffel, Payton Lippert, Keenan Lippert, Luke Stoffel, Logan Stoffel and Hayden Lippert.

Those who knew him well detected that the deceased had a keen (read "warped") sense of humor. Notice that the word "deceased" sound so much better than words such as croaked geezer, corpse, or dead old man.

Clarence wanted it said that he loved his God, his family and his country. He believed that the words: "trust, honor, responsibility, love, respect, and duty" have a special meaning. He wanted these words as his legacy, even if he had to write it himself.

Memorial service will be on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the North Ridge Church in Sabetha. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time at the church. A private inurnment ceremony will be in the community cemetery of Genoa, Neb. Using the term "inurnment" is just showing off. It means his ashes will go into the ground. There are no jokes on his headstone. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a Clarence Lippert Memorial that will be used for charities designated by his family.*



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