Marion- Paul Edwin Pippin, 93, of Marion, passed away at 8:36 AM, Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Parkway Manor in Marion after several months of declining health.
He was born June 5, 1925 in Sangamon County to Paul A. and Helen (Powers) Pippin. He graduated from Quincy High School in Quincy, Illinois in 1943.
He served 13months in combat during WWII in the US Navy while on the Escort Carrier CVE 72 USS Tulagi. His group saw quite a bit of combat action including countless Kamikaze attacks. One instance was so intense Paul could see the face of the enemy pilot. He was later assigned to Officer training school at Princeton University in New Jersey where it was a common occurrence to see Albert Einstein walking the campus grounds. He later transferred to Purdue University to be closer to his family.
After the war, he married the love of his life, his high school sweetheart, Kathryn “Kay” Waidelich on July 27, 1946 in Springfield. They were married for 72 years.
He worked for CIPS in Springfield for several years before being transferred to Marion in 1961. He retired from CIPS in 1986 as Senior Transmission Engineer. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, bowling, travelling (especially cruises), water skiing (on his 80th birthday) and playing the stock market.
Wife- Kay Pippin of Marion
Son- Mike Pippin and wife Lana of Farmington, NM
Daughter- Patty Borah and husband Max of Fairhope, AL
Son- Steve Pippin and wife Barbara of Louisville, KY
Son- Eddie Pippin and wife Theresa of Houston, TX
Three great grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his parents and only sibling- John Pippin.
The visitation will be from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Friday, November 2, 2018 at Blue Funeral Home in Marion. Military rites will be performed at the funeral home by the Marion VFW and American Legion Posts with assistance from the United States Navy.
For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.bluefuneralhome.com.