Eugene Kircher "Gene" Hipskind, 87, of Wabash, was called home to Heaven at 2:55 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at Miller's Merry Manor East, Wabash.
He was born Nov. 24, 1925 in Wabash, to Walter and Ferne (Kircher) Hipskind. Gene married the love of his life, Jacqueline Jean "Jackie" Dickson in Wabash, on June 4, 1947. He owned and operated Hipskind Plumbing and Heating for 53 years, retiring in 1997. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of Wabash Presbyterian Church, Hanna Masonic Lodge #61 F&AM in Wabash, Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine, both of Fort Wayne, and the Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge and the American Legion, all of Wabash. Gene was a loving husband, wonderful father, and a caring grandfather and great grandfather. In the summer, one would find him with his family and friends at Beaver Dam Lake fishing and boating. The lake was one of his favorite places to be. He also enjoyed woodworking. Technology did not intimidate him, as he loved to spend time with his computer and talking and texting on his smart phone.
He is survived by his wife, Jackie Jean Hipskind Wabash; two daughters, Mary Jean (James) Hale, Fort Wayne, and Joann (Susan Brewer) Hipskind, Wabash; four grandchildren, Amanda (Matthew) Woodbury, Huntertown, Amy (Steve) Follis, Fort Wayne, Emily (Nicholas) Finken, Syracuse, and Craig Hale Fort Wayne; seven great-grandchildren, Connor, Reis, Parker, and Addyson Woodbury all of Huntertown, and Gavin, and Blake Follis, both of Fort Wayne, and Evan Finken of Syracuse.
Funeral services will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1 p.m. with Pastor Butch Troke officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 5-7 p.m, Friday, March 22, and 11-1 p.m., Saturday. There will be a Masonic service Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dallas Winchester Senior Center, Wabash.
The memorial guest book for Gene may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.