Hershel's Story

BURLINGTON - Hershel Jipson, 89, died January 10, 2016, at a Lincoln hospital, surrounded by family. Hershel was born April 23, 1926, the son of Fred W. and Ida (Curtis) Jipson.

He was a lifelong resident of Long Ridge in Burlington, where he resided with his wife of 66 years, Ethel (Jipson) Jipson. Hershel served in the U.S. Army during World War II, in the Philippines from August 1944 to August 1946. He returned to Burlington where he married and worked as a woodsman until going to work at Eastern Fine Paper in Lincoln, retiring from Lincoln Pulp and Paper, at the age of 67, after 40 years of employment. After retirement, he enjoyed working in his vegetable garden, which grew bigger every year, and raising farm animals. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Hershel attended Passadumkeag Baptist Church and was a member of LaBelle Perkins VFW Post 1605.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel; 3 daughters, Cynthia and Jonathan Tardif, of Lincoln, Esther and Mike King, of Howland, and Wendy Grover, of Chester; 1 son, Cyrus and Roberta Jipson, of Passadumkeag; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Ellis and Gail Jipson, of Burlington; several nieces and nephews; and good friend, Mary Hazen. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, George F. Jipson and Gardiner G. Jipson; sisters, Evelyn Pacetti, Ruth McKenney and Florence Myrick; and good friend, Henry Hazen.

The family would like to thank Donna Pereira, of Beacon Hospice, for her care of our father the past 2 years, and the staff at Penobscot Valley Hospital.

A service will be held 3 p.m. Friday, January 15, after visitation from 1-3 p.m. at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Rd., Lincoln, with the Rev Aaron Webb officiating. Burial will be in the spring. Condolences may be expressed at clayfuneralhome.com.
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