William R. “Bob” Pippin received his most wished for Father’s Day gift on June 14, 2022 when he closed his eyes and opened them to see Jesus’ face at the age of 91; a day he has been excited about since he was baptized just a year ago at the age of 90. Bob was born November 5, 1930 in Kevil, Kentucky to Howard Robert and Ruth Helen (Ridgeway) Pippin.
Bob married the love of his life, Debbie R. Pippin, on March 5, 1975. They were blessed with over 47 years of a wonderful marriage and a lifetime of cherished memories together. Bob was an avid golfer and greatly enjoyed spending time on the greens with his golfing buddies, as well as his family. He was always tinkering in his garage and could fix literally anything. He was extraordinarily talented at building model ships and he built many of them over the years. Later in life, he tried his hand at ‘diamond art’ and became obsessed with making the most beautiful images come to life by adding one little diamond chip at a time. He would sit in his craft room for hours and days on end to create each masterpiece. Regardless of what Bob’s current project was, the ultimate intention was always the same- to bring a heartfelt smile to someone else. There are countless people that currently have a work of art created by Bob, as that brought him so much joy.
Bob worked for TOTCO in the oil business in the early 80s, relocating him and his family from Texas to Oklahoma. Upon retiring from TOTCO, he worked for Premier Tool as a machinist, making any parts that were in demand. After retiring from there, he was often called back due to his talent at making the perfect part needed.
Bob also loved camping with his family at Broken Bow and would be found sitting out on the porch of the cabin reading one of his favorite westerns or napping in the sun. He was a wonderful cook and made the best banana pudding, but would brag most of the time about his amazing pie crust.
Bobs wife, children and grandchildren all have such special and personal memories of him, too many to share, but definitely enough to last a lifetime. He loved his family and was even ‘grandpa’ to his granddaughters friends that came around.
Bob was a member of Southgate Baptist Church and spoke of his love for his pastor and his church family often. The day of his passing he referred to his pastor as his ‘buddy’ because “he helped bring me back to the Lord”. Bob loved the Lord with his whole heart and will be remembered for his undying devotion and testimony of God’s grace.
Bob was preceded in passing by his parents, Howard and Ruth Pippin; daughter, Christy Rosas; sons, Michael Pippin and Donnie Pippin; brothers, Harold Pippin and Gene Pippin; and sister Dot McDonald.
He will be waiting at the Gates of Heaven for his loving wife, Debbie R. Pippin; daughter, Michelle Buller and husband Jeff, daughter Pam Poret and husband Garry; grandchildren, Shane Rosas, Kya Buller, Angie Hasara, April Coronado and husband Kevin; great-grandchildren, Blake Deming and Brycen Deming. Bob is also survived by a host of loving extended family, his church family, and a multitude of friends who will all miss him dearly.
Bob's family would like to express a special thank you to Lori and Isabella with Apex Hospice for the tender care and laughter given to Bob. Another special thank you to Dr. Audra Scearce for all she has done for Bob and his family.
Memorials made be made in Bob's name to Southgate Baptist Church
Visitation is 4:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Resthaven Funeral Home. The Celebration of Life ceremony is 10:00am, Monday, June 20, 2022 at the Chapel at Resthaven. The service will be live-streamed for those who would like to attend virtually. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens.
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