Thomas E. Hipple


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Thomas Edwin Hipple passed at his Moscow home Saturday morning, April 9, 2016 at the age of 84.

Tom was born to Fraser and Reba Hipple in Dekalb, Illinois on November 21, 1931. We always remember his birthday, 11-21-31. He was raised in nearby Waterman Illinois on a family farm with his younger brother Jim.

He enrolled in Northern Illinois where he met Barbara Warner at a college “mixer”. After graduating with a B.S. in Business Education, he completed his training at officer candidate school at Quantico Virginia Marine Corps base.

Tom married Barb in Oak Park Illinois on July 2, 1955.  They honeymooned on their way to USMC base at Camp Lejeune, NC.  Tom and Barb both began their new life together and baby Daniel arrived a year later.

In 1957, Tom was drawn to the University of Wisconsin to begin graduate work in guidance and counseling. He still remained semi-active in the Marine Corps reserves for many years. Soon baby Carol Lynn arrived to join big brother Danny.  In 1959, the family moved to Lake Geneva where Tom joined the staff at Williams Bay High School in Wisconsin.  In 1962, daughter Susan was born to the growing family.

A year later Tom and family traveled to Columbia Missouri to continue post graduate work.  After a year in Missouri, a move to Kent State University in Ohio found Tom joining the staff at University Campus High School.  While in Kent, Tom began work toward a doctorate in Guidance and Counseling and was the commanding officer of a Marine Corp unit in Canton Ohio during the Vietnam war.  In 1969, the family moved westward to Moscow, Idaho where Tom began a 26-year career as a professor of Guidance and Counseling at the University of Idaho. At this point, the USMC promoted Tom to the rank of major and CO of his unit in Canton Ohio.  During his long career as an educator, he was recognized both at the state and national level in his field.

In 1995, Tom and Barb both retired from teaching. They traveled throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia with various family members.  They welcomed and loved spending time with their 12 grandchildren.

Tom was devoted to the Paradise Masonic Lodge (Moscow). He took on many roles (PGM) and was also involved at the state level.  He loved singing with the Palouse Harmony Chorus and participated in numerous competitions.  He sang in the Moscow Presbyterian Church choir and was active as an elder and deacon. Tom enjoyed his Thursday morning Bible Study that met together for decades. He was a man of compassion, as he ministered with Barb on 2 mission trips to Mississippi assisting with Hurricane Katrina relief.

Tom is survived by his wife Barbara, his brother Jim (Sycamore Illinois), his 3 children: Daniel, Carol Lynn Kawula, Susan Burnett, and his grandchildren: (Samuel, Sarah (Silflow), Susanna (Tankersley), Anastasia, Sharon, HIPPLE), (Paige, Evan, Graham, KAWULA), (Melinda, Jon, Grace, Barbara, BURNETT), and 4 great grandchildren (Avonlea, Sela, Sebastian and Gideon).

Tom was a deeply spiritual man who showed kindness and love to all who crossed his path.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be Friday, April 15, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church of Moscow. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Palouse Harmony Chorus or to the Masonic Grand Lodge of Idaho.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

6 Responses to Thomas E. Hipple

  1. Suzanne Scripter says:

    Barbara and family,
    I am so sorry to learn of Tom’s passing.
    My sympathies to all.

  2. Donald Shields says:

    The sudden passing of Tom is difficult to accept. The photograph which was chosen to head the write-up on Tom is excellent in the sense that it immediately brings to mind the many times that Tom sat across from me with that winning smile as we debated events. Tom’s passion for his academic field led to his teaching me many things about teaching.
    I am grateful to him. Uncle Don.

  3. James K. Hipple says:

    Barb and Family: We were surprised and saddened to hear of Tom’s sudden passing. He was a great brother and I will miss seeing him again. I am sorry we won’t be able to make the trip for the funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Love to All, Jim and Loretta Hipple, Sycamore, Illinois

  4. Kyle Cook says:

    Dan and family,

    Please accept my condolences and sympathies on the passing of a great man and Veteran. Kyle Cook

  5. Sandy Lambacher Shephard says:

    Dear Barb, I was so sorry to hear about your husband’s passing. My thoughts are with you at this tender time.

  6. Tina Teigen says:

    Dear Barb,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. My condolences

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