Feb. 2, 1942-May 31, 2023
EAST GRAND FORKS — Services for Archie “Kip” K. Sillers, 81, of East Grand Forks will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Amundson Funeral Home of Grand Forks, ND. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at Resurrection Cemetery of East Grand Forks
He passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at Altru Hospital of Grand Forks, ND, with his family by his side.
Archie Kipling Sillers was born Feb. 2, 1942, to Archibald and Bernice (Schneider) Sillers in St. Paul. He was raised on the family farm near Calvin, ND. Kip attended the Calvin School graduating with the Class of 1960. After graduation, Kip attended the University of North Dakota. His love of travel started when he took a summer job on a custom harvest crew traveling the Midwest.
He was united in marriage to Rayanne Dempsey in 1968 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in East Grand Forks. He began his career in sales with Beneficial Finance. His sales career led him and his family to many towns in the Dakotas and Minnesota. Kip settled his family in Marshall in 1986, where he began working for Tholen Auto Sales. He enjoyed his career selling Schwan´s Food route trucks, traveling 200 days a year, throughout the continental states, Mexico, and Canada. He developed long-lasting relationships with his customers, many of whom he visited until his last days. The job he cherished the most was when he received his promotion to grandpa and then great-grandpa.
Kip enjoyed fishing Devils Lake, ND, Cass Lake, MN, and Minaki, Ontario. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed cook outs, neighborhood gatherings, and family reunions at Devils Lake. It was Kip and Rayanne´s dream to move to Cass Lake in their retirement. They made their dream come true by building their home and enjoying everything Northern Minnesota had to offer.
Kip is survived by his wife, Rayanne, East Grand Forks; children: Stephanie Fleegel, Grafton, ND and Nathan (Tiffany) Sillers, Grafton, ND; his grandchildren: Casey (Clarissa), Trinity, Alex, Max, and Liam; great-grandchildren: Jocelyn, Carson, Emily, and Olivia; siblings: Cameron (Joan) Sillers, Langdon, ND, Patricia (Ron) Barta, Langdon, ND, and Mary Beth (Rory) Carda, Fargo, ND; many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law Jeanne Dempsey and son in law Robert Fleegel.