Donald W. Schlipp
Donald W. Schlipp, 84, of Stevensville, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 10, 2019, at Bronson Healthcare, Kalamazoo.
A celebration of life eternal will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2673 W. John Beers Road, Stevensville, with Pastor Jeremy Koehler officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery, St. Joseph. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, June 14, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church or Michigan Lutheran High School – Music Program. Those wishing to send a condolence online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
Don was born on July 31, 1934, to Karl and Nettie (Luft) Schlipp. He graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1953. Don received a bachelor's in business from Western Michigan University. He was a United States Army veteran. On Nov. 6, 1982, he married Lana Weber-Dobberstein. Don worked at Whirlpool, owned D & J Village Shop in Eau Claire and served nearly 15 years in the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, where he retired. Most recently he was the general manager of Lakeshore Estates in Stevensville. Don formerly served on the Eau Claire school board and the Stevensville Village Council. He was a musician and played in several polka and dance bands over the years, including, Four Leaf Clovers in high school, the Spitzer band and the Melodiers. Don played and taught the accordion. Most of all, Don – who was known as Donnie, Don or Schlipper – cherished time spent and memories made with his family and friends.
Don is survived by his wife, Lana Schlipp; children, Cheryl (Kevin) Savage and Megan Hildebrand (Steve) Yeager; grandchildren: Greg (Allie) Savage, Brendan Savage, Julia and Seth Hildebrand and Samuel, Rachel, Jack, Faith and Caroline Yeager; great-grandson, Carter Savage; brothers, Delbert (Dee) Schlipp and Douglas Schlipp; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Karl and Nettie Schlipp; in-laws, Hod and Laura Weber; and son-in-law, Mark Hildebrand.