Robert L. Sipe
Robert L. Sipe

WILLSHIRE, Ohio — Robert L. Sipe, 87, of Willshire, Van Wert County, died at 7:53 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born June 14, 1926, in Adams County, Ind., to the late Harvey L. Sipe and Mary M. (Kelly) Sipe.

He married Alice L. Gilpin on April 9, 1944, in Decatur, Ind., and she survives in Willshire.


Robert was a member of the Eureka Lodge 592 - Ohio City Free & Accepted Mason and a member of Adams County Amateur Radio Club.

Robert retired from International Harvester in Fort Wayne, Ind., with 30 years of service and had also been an Adams County farmer.

Other survivors include a daughter: Pamela K. Osborn of Van Wert, Ohio, son: R. Steve (Beatriz) Sipe of Apple Valley, Calif., daughter: Linda J. (Chuck) Owens of Cicero, Ind., and daughter: Kim R. (Larry) Dailey of Decatur, Ind.; sister: Marjorie (Robert) Gable of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son: Gregory L. Sipe; a daughter: Connie S. Miller; two brothers: Lester and Earl Sipe; and a great-grandson: Alexander Girod.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in the Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, with Celebrant Molly Farthing officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope (Willard) Cemetery in rural Berne, Ind.

Visitation will be 1-3 and 4-6 p.m. Saturday and noon until 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Masonic services will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Community Health Professionals Van Wert Hospice.

For complete obituary information and to sign the online guestbook, visit www.zwickjahn.com.