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Hall Sippy


1936 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Hall Sippy Obituary
On April 19, Hall Sippy, beloved husband and father, passed quietly in his cherished home. Hall was born on February 19, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Dr. Hall Ivan Sippy and Meldryd P Sippy.

Hall grew up in the Chicago suburbs. His father and grandfather were physicians in the city, but had purchased a large parcel of land in Northern Michigan where the family spent all vacations pioneering, clearing land, building large barns with hand-hewn logs. The farming was done with work horses, which was a proud family tradition. Hall loved and raised quarter horses for recreational riding.

Hall spent his early years in La Grange, Illinois and at the farm. As he entered high school they moved to the city, where he attended the Latin School and later Michigan State University. Hall also stabled one of horses near Lake Michigan, where he rode daily after school. All those years he tended the farm, driving each weekend and summers from Illinois to Michigan. His farming passion led to a career in agriculture. Hall ultimately owned three farms in Illinois, while also farming in Michigan. This is where his career as a farmer took off.

As his father entered World War II, Hall became the man of the house at the age of 7, as his father served nearly 3 years in the South Pacific caring for injured soldiers and POW's. Hall learned responsibility caring for his mother and sister, Nonanne, and acquired an admirable path for the rest of his life.

While visiting the farm on weekends, Hall would shop at the local grocery store. He soon became smitten with a young lady working in that store. Her name was Joan Marie Dean. In his adventuresome spirit, he asked Joan to elope with him six short weeks after their first date. She remains the love of his life, 58 years later. Together they raised four children; Hall T. Sippy Jr (Keryn) Canyon, Texas; Dean P. Sippy Las Cruces, NM; Barbara A. Sippy Teatsorth (Neil) Findlay, Ohio and Gaige A. Sippy (Mary Polino) Durango, Colorado. Those children blessed him with 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Hall's love for his children was evidenced by the wisdom he imparted upon them, the fun he shared with them and the unconditional love for which he blessed them. While there were always chores and jobs, there were equal amounts of shenanigans and good times. The Sippy house didn't know a dull moment and Hall was the leader of the pack. He struck the perfect balance of teaching his children responsibility, discipline and hard work, but also how to have fun! He enjoyed his favorite activities; snowmobiling, four-wheeling, boating, his John Deere tractor, his yard, and traveling in one of his many RV's, but always together with family and friends.

In 1975, Hall and Joan moved their family from the Michigan Ranch to Albuquerque, NM. While no longer farming, Hall managed to be very successful in his business ventures out west. He was a very savvy business man. In 1990, he and Joan purchased a beautiful piece of land in Durango, Colorado, a place they would often take the family for ski weekends. Soon after, Durango became home.

Hall was blessed with a beautiful circle of friends, some older, some newer but all treasured. In his time living in Durango, Hall found his very best friend in Larry Rowe. He once said he had never had a best friend like Larry. We thank Larry for giving Hall this special friendship.

When you think of Hall don't think of ordinary, but extraordinary. He was a force in a room, and if you ever were privileged enough to meet him, you would never forget him. He left his family with a lifetime of cherished memories, warm hearts for the love he shared each day, and the gift of being a part of his life, legacy and love. While he will be missed by all, he will be remembered with love today, tomorrow and forever.

The Sippy Family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers with Hospice at Mercy, and Sharon Moyer for supporting our family through this journey. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to: Mercy Health Foundation - Hospice at Mercy 1010 Three Springs Blvd Durango, Co 81303
Published in The Durango Herald on May 4, 2017
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