Alden P. Kipp, 87, of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Hammond-Henry Long Term Care in Geneseo. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, September 9 at the First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Rev. Dr. Arthur Bergren will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery where Military Honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post #5083. A visitation for Alden will be from 2-5 pm on Sunday at Vandemore Funeral Homes, Ltd, Geneseo where a Masonic Ritual, by Stewart Masonic Lodge #92 AF & AM, will be held at 5 pm. Memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church or Dyslexic Reading Solutions for Children.
Alden was born May 5, 1926 in Winfield, IA, the son of Marion and Avis (Green) Kipp. He graduated from Winfield High School. After high school he enlisted in the US Navy Amphibious Forces. He was involved with preparations for the first atomic test at Bikini Atoll. After an Honorable Discharge in 1946 Alden went to Wesleyan College and then attended Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. He was united in marriage to Betty Louise Johnson August 19, 1951 in Geneseo. He then went back to the family farm in Annawan where he farmed for 45 years. In 2000 Alden retired from farming and moved to Geneseo.
Alden was a long time member of the First Lutheran Church in Geneseo where he sang bass in the choir for over 60 years. He served on Church Council for over 12 years, Secretary for 6 years, and taught Sunday Church School for 14 years.
Alden has been very active in the community which includes the following: President of Annawan P.T.A.; President of Henry County area council P.T.A.; Director of Henry County Farm Bureau (1959-66); Director Western IL Farm Business Farm Management; Past State Director F.B.F.M (1990’s); Past Justice of the Peace, Auditor, and Precinct Committeeman for Alba Township; life member of American Legion, Hooppole, IL; life member V.F.W. Geneseo, Il; Trustee and Treasurer of Annawan-Alba Fire board (1992-2000); Commissioner, Green River Special Drainage District of Henry and Bureau counties: Master Hooppole Lodge #886 (1957); Order of the Double Eagle (1983); Legion of Freedom award (1987); Constitution award (1987); Moline Cross award and hat (1991); M.S.A. and hat (1998)
Survivors include his wife Betty; 2 sons: James (Susan) Kipp, Richmond, KY, Paul (Chris) Kipp, Carol Stream, IL; 1 daughter: Patricia (Terry) Lancaster, Annawan, IL; 8 grandchildren: Nicholas (Tricia) Lancaster, Kristin (Luke) Nanninga, Amanda (Brad) Williams, Anne Kipp, Anders Kipp, Elizabeth Kipp, Alexa (Tok) Moffat, James Kipp; 2 great grandchildren: Jackson Nanninga, Caroline Williams.
Alden was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Mary Frances Battershell and his brother Walter Kipp.