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-Dean H. Gipple-

Dean H. Gipple, age 92 of Columbus Junction, died at the Colonial Manor Home in Columbus Junction February 9, 2010.  On Saturday, March 13, 2010, the family will receive friends at the Presbyterian Church in Columbus Junction at 9:00 a.m. and a Memorial service will follow at 10:00 a.m.  Memorials for Dean may be made to the Spring Run United Methodist Church or the United Presbyterian Home of Washington, Iowa.

Dean Hamilton Gipple was born on the family farm in the Pitch In community of Louisa County on September 7, 1917, to Frank and Francine Gipple.  He graduated from Wyman High School.  Dean married Ruth Lois Williams on November 24, 1938.  He farmed until back injuries forced him to give it up and began selling insurance for Farm Bureau retiring in 1987.  Dean was a 4-H leader, school board member and was active in the Spring Run Church.  Dean enjoyed woodworking, photography, hunting and fishing.  He also restored pioneer cemeteries, helped pass the present law to protect them and was a founding member of the State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ruth, and two brothers, Max and Junior.

Dean is survived by his older brother, Ray of Florissant, MO.; his children; Danny (Joyce) Gipple; Melvin or “Red” (Irene) Gipple; Susie (Jim) Stoutner; Nancy (Bob) Thorkildson; Alice (Todd) Redalen; nine grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

Honts Funeral Home in Winfield is assisting the family with arrangements.

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