Peabody — George C. Sippel, 86, beloved husband of Ruth (Grayton) Sippel of Peabody, died peacefully on Monday December 3, 2012, at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/North Shore Medical Center in Salem, following a short illness.
Born in Saugus, he was the son of the late George C. and Mildred B. (Richards) Sipple, Sr. He attended Saugus High School, then enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II. He was stationed on the USS CV-13 Franklin, an Aircraft Carrier, engaged in the Pacific Theatre. During the war he was separated from his ship by an explosion. He was part of a Documentary “Honor Restored” and book “Inferno” by Joe Springer which talks about his experience.
He worked as a truck driver for various meat companies in Boston, then retired from West Lynn Creamery in 1994.
George had a gift for making ship models, and was an instructor with the Peabody Council on Aging for 17 years. He was very active at the South Congregational Church in Peabody, where he taught Sunday School and served on many committees and was a Deacon for a time when the church was in Peabody Square. He served as a Past Scout Master with Knights of Columbus Troop 93 in Peabody where he earned a Wood Badge Learning Experience for Troop Masters. He loved music, especially musical theater and folk music, loved fishing, and was a “Stage Parent” for his children. He was very much loved by family and friends and will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Grayton) Sippel of Peabody, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage; a son, Richard D. and his wife, Holly Sippel of Georgetown; a daughter, Nadine and her husband, Scott Hickey of Port Charlotte, Fla.; five grandchildren, Tatiana E. Sippel, Dean Morgan Sippel, Abigail Rose Sippel, Nathaniel I. Sippel, and Zachary G. Sippel; a brother,,Robert “Butch” Sipple of Fla.; two sisters, Ruth Sampson of Salem and Norma and her husband, Robert Waters of Rocky Point, N.C.; and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother Howard Sipple, and sisters Edna and Irene Sipple.