Paul E. Pippin

Jun 5th, 1925 - Oct 29th, 2018


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Fri, Nov. 2nd, 2018 5:00 PM ~ 7:00 PM

Paul E. Pippin

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.

Survivors include-

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
Eight grandchildren
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.

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15 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Skip & Deb

    From: MAKANDA, Illinois

    Date: October 30, 2018

    So sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. We were blessed to have been with him one more time at his beloved Pig Roast mid October this year. Sending our love to the Pippin family. Skip & Deb Frey

  • Guest: Sharon Fuller

    From: Evansville, Indiana

    Date: October 31, 2018

    Praying for your family during this difficult time.
    Sharon (Kelley) Fuller

  • Guest: Pat and Bev Samples

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: October 31, 2018

    Sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers for the family through this time of grief!

  • Guest: Terry Wubker

    From: Crossville, Tennessee

    Date: October 31, 2018

    Mike, you and your family are in our prayers. Sorry for your loss. Terry Wubker

  • Guest: Diane (Kaeser) Lazorchak

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: October 31, 2018

    What a great man! He taught me to snow ski. I loved the wonderful years that I had the opportunity to ski with him and with Kit. Such great people. My thoughts and prayers are with Kit and the rest of the family. He will be missed.

  • Guest: Sterg & Peg Katirgis

    From: Farmington, New Mexico, Illinois

    Date: October 31, 2018

    We are so sorry for the family of Paul Pippin and offer our prayers and sympathy for your loss.
    We enjoyed visiting with Paul and Kit here in Farmington when they visited Eddie and Mike.
    Paul always had a smile and a great sense of humor. We have Good memories of him hiking at the Grand Canyon! We viewed him as invincible! A remarkable man who will be missed greatly.

  • Guest: Bill Newton

    From: Sherman, Illinois

    Date: October 31, 2018

    I am so very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. I very much enjoyed knowing and working together with him over the years at CIPS. Rest In Peace, my friend. May God grant His comfort, consolation and peace to all the Pippin family.

  • Guest: Buckyantonacci

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: November 1, 2018

    Pip and I had a long and fun relationship. Will never forget him jumping into the pond one day when we were building the cabin.Or when he would need help dragging a shot deer.Iwill miss him so much.

  • Guest: Irene Keyes

    From: Dublin, Georgia

    Date: November 2, 2018

    Kay, Mike and family. I am sorry for your loss. Nothing can prepare us for grief we experience when we lose someone dear to our heart. Your tears don’t go unnoticed by God. God has promise to wipe away our tears, as well as sickness, pain, and death in the future. (Revelation 21:3,4). For free encouraging scriptures please visit: We all look forward to welcome our love ones back to the earth Psalms 37:29. Please accept my condolence at this difficult time.

  • Guest: David Short

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: November 2, 2018

    It is with great sadness that I heard of Paul’s passing. He was a great guy, and lived an extremely full life. I doubt there was a blade of grass at the old Marion golf course, an inch of the Lake of Egypt ski area, or a passable ski trail in Breckenridge that Paul hadn’t touched. I was fortunate enough to see him do all 3 activities.

    Paul, Kay, and the whole family will be in my thoughts and prayers for some time.

    Dave Short

  • Guest: Jo Anne Dingrando Morse

    From: Glen Carbon, Illinois

    Date: November 2, 2018

    I have many fond memories of our families spending time together growing up, and the friendship of my parents with Paul and Kay. As an adult, Paul taught me how to snow ski at Breckenridge and he and Kay were so kind to share their cabin and love of the area with my brothers and sisters. Sharing in your sorrow, and sending my prayers.

  • Guest: Peggy and Walt Nieds

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: November 2, 2018

    Paul was remarkable. His friendliness and outgoingness will be missed. He always would go out of his way for you. We were honored to know him. He will truly not ever be forgotten. Our thoughts are with him and his family.

  • Guest: Susan Sorentino

    From: Sandpoint, Idaho

    Date: November 2, 2018

    May the memories of your father provide you with comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Guest: Terri Morris

    From: West Frankfort, Illinois

    Date: November 2, 2018

    I will miss Paul much sorry I could not make it down there but my thoughts of all of are in my prayers

  • Guest: Jonathan Wheeler

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: November 5, 2018

    I am so sad to just hear of Paul’s passing. My condolences go out to his family and friends.

    I was privileged to work and play with Paul, beginning with the time I was a cub engineer at CIPS. Whether snow skiing, water skiing, golfing, or enjoying pizza and beer at Walt’s, if Paul was in the group, life was a bit shinier.

    Rest in peace, Paul!