Robert Nathan Lippert

MANISTEE — Robert Nathan Lippert died on Sept. 25, 2016, surrounded by family at Munson Hospice House.

He was born on Oct. 21, 1920, in Evart. Bob graduated from Evart High School in 1938, working first in highway construction and at Pontiac Motor Company before enlisting in the Navy where he was assigned to the air department of the USS Hornet (CV-12) aircraft carrier at Norfolk, Va. While on the Hornet, he worked on the Norden Bombsite, a critical wartime instrument.

Bob married Betty Lee Crawford, of Mount Pleasant, on June 16, 1946, and enrolled at Central Michigan College on the GI Bill. He graduated in 1950 with a teaching degree. His career as an educator in Pigeon, Ithaca, and Manistee spanned 36 years, including 27.5 years at Manistee Public Schools where he served as director of guidance and high school principal.

Bob was a member of the Manistee United Methodist Church. Bob and Betty were avid readers, enjoyed spending time with their large extended family, and looked forward to walking on the beach at Gulf Shores, Ala., for many winters until health problems limited their travel.

Betty Lee and Bob raised seven children, Jon Nathan (Dawn) Lippert, of Atlanta, Ga., Dency Lippert, of Manistee, Jeffry (Elaine) Lippert, of St. Louis, Mo., Mary (Jim) Hunter, of Manistee, Jane (Chris Lane) Lippert, of Traverse City, David (J’Aimee) Lippert of Green Bay, Wis., and Malcolm (John Byer) Lippert, of Jericho, Vt. They have 13 grandchildren, Rebecca (Nick) Tsokalas, Jake (Abby) Hunter, Luke (Lindsey) Hunter, Matthew (Sonya) Lippert, Christopher Lippert, Katie Lippert, Rachel Epstein, Aaron Epstein, Hannah Lane, Rachel Lane, Jakob Lippert, Anne Lippert  and Abby Lippert, in addition to seven great-grandchildren, Alexis Tsokalas, Nicholas Tsokalas, Quinn Hunter, Hadley Hunter, Avery Hunter, Camden Hunter and Ethan Lippert.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lee (Crawford) Lippert; his parents, George Sr. and Dency (Hewitt) Lippert, of Evart; brothers, Floyd (Mary) Lippert, of Nokomis, Fla.; George Jr. (Ellen) Lippert, of Pontiac; Willis (Helen) Lippert, of Seattle, Wash.; infant brother, Lyle Lippert; and sister, Mildred (Howard) White, of Detroit.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at the Manistee United Methodist Church with visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to USS Hornet Museum (707 West Hornet Ave., Alameda, CA 94501), Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse (per the Manistee Historical Museum) or First United Methodist Church in Manistee.

The family has entrusted funeral arrangements with Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Manistee.