March 22, 1921-Sept. 25, 2012
IVANHOE?- Mass of Christian Burial for Clarence A. Lipinski, 91, of Ivanhoe will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the Birk Funeral Home in Ivanhoe, with a rosary at 5 p.m. and a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the St. John Cantius Catholic Church Cemetery near Wilno.
He died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at his home in Ivanhoe.
Clarence (C.A.) Anton Lipinski was born March 22, 1921, in Royal Township, Lincoln County, to Anton and Martha (Remerowski) Lipinski. He was the oldest child to this union. Clarence was baptized, received his First Communion and confirmed at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Clarence attended school in Wilno, graduating from the eighth grade, after which he began farming with his Dad and taking a home study course on automotive engineering. In September 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Force and served in the WWII until September 1945. During this time, he worked on B-17 airplanes and flew 31 missions. Eighteen of these missions were flown as right waist gunner and the rest as top turrent engineer, obtaining his Tech Sargent rank.
On Oct. 29, 1945, Clarence was united in marriage to Margaret (Margie) Panka at St. John Cantius Catholic Church. This union was blessed with two children, Kenneth and Karen. They lived in Wilno, where Clarence began his auto repair business. In 1959, he moved his business to Ivanhoe, commuting from Wilno. In 1965, they purchased a home in Ivanhoe. Margie did the bookkeeping and son, Ken worked after school in the shop. As years passed, he had several hired men with Jim Eastman, working 20+ years for him. Margie passed away Nov. 13, 1993. In April 2005, after 60 years as owner and operator of Lipinski Garage, he sold his business to his grandson, Chris Aaron Lipinski (also, C.A.)
After this time, you could find him each day repairing an old building located by his residence, or using his talents on other projects in this workshop. Over the years, he did wood working, making many craft items for his family. His mind was always thinking of ways to invent things to make life easier. Clarence was a faithful listener of the daily Radio Rosary, a lifelong member of St. John Cantius Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid reader and loved playing solitaire on his computer each day. His greatest pride was his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He will be sadly missed by his son, Ken and Karen of Ivanhoe; daughter, Karen and Royal Hettling of Minneota; grandchildren, Greta and Al Schugel, Courtland, Shad and Reba Lipinski, Ivanhoe, Chris and Shelley Lipinski, Marshall, Justin Lipinski, Ivanhoe, Jeffrey Hettling, Queen Creek, Ariz.; great-grandchildren, Hunter, Matthew, Tyler, Emma, Andrew, Abigail, Joseph, Desiree and Jasmine; siblings, Al Lipinski of Luverne, Mildred Wodzinski of Brandon, Fla., Stanley and Leo Lipinski of Hendricks; brothers-in-law, Alvin (and Lorraine) Lipinski, John Bednarek and sisters-in-law, Dorothy Miller, and Joan Lipinski; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents and siblings, Josephine, Walter and Lawrence.
Blessed be the memory of Clarence.