Alden P. Kipp, 87, of Geneseo, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care, Geneseo. A funeral service celebrating his life was held Monday, Sept. 9 at First Lutheran Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. Arthur Bergren officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, where military honors were accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. A visitation was held Sunday, Sept. 8 at Vandemore Funeral Homes Ltd., Geneseo, where a Masonic ritual by Stewart Masonic Lodge No. 92 AF & AM was held. Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church or Dyslexic Reading Solutions for Children.
He was born on May 5, 1926, in Winfield, Iowa, the son of Marion and Avis (Green) Kipp. He graduated from Winfield High School. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Amphibious Forces. He was involved in preparations for the first atomic test at Bikini Atoll. After a honorable discharge in 1946, Alden went to Wesleyan College and then attended Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. He married Betty Louise Johnson on Aug. 19, 1951, in Geneseo. He then went back to the family farm in Annawan where he farmed for 45 years. In 2000, Alden retired from farming and moved to Geneseo.
Alden was a long-time member of First Lutheran Church, Geneseo, where he sang bass in the choir for more than 60 years. He served on the church council for more than 12 years, secretary for six years and taught Sunday School for 14 years.
Alden has been very active in the community which includes the following: president of Annawan P.T.A.; president of Henry County area council P.T.A; director of Henry County Farm Bureau (1959-66); director Western Illinois Farm Business Management; past state director F.B.F.M. (1990s); past justice of the peace; auditor; and precinct committeeman for Alba Township; life member of American Legion, Hooppole; life member of V.F.W., Geneseo; trustee and treasurer of Annawan-Albe Fire board (1992-2000); commissioner, Green River Special Drainage District of Henry and Bureau counties; master Hooppole Lodge No. 886 (1957); Order of the Double Eagle (1983); Legion of Freedom award (1987); Constitution award (1987); Moline Cross award and hat (1991); and M.S.A. and hat (1998).
Survivors include his wife, Betty; two sons, James (Susan) Kipp of Richmond, Ky.; Paul (Chris) Kipp of Carol Stream; one daughter, Patricia (Terry) Lancaster of Annawan; eight grandchildren, Nicholas (Tricia) Lancaster; Kristin (Luke) Nanninga; Amanda (Brad) Williams; Anne Kipp; Anders Kipp; Elizabeth Kipp; Alexa (Tok) Moffat and James Kipp; two great grandchildren, Jackson Nanninga and Caroline Williams. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Mary Frances Battershell and his brother, Walter Kipp.