PARK ELLSWORTH LIPPERT – 10/22/1940 – 12/14/2021 – 81 YEARS OLD
Park was born in Clearfield PA to Robert E and Dorothy F Shell Lippert on October 22, 1940. He was delivered by a doctor whose last name was Park. Since the doctor came out to the house in a snowstorm, his parents decided to name him Park. It was the bane of his existence growing up.
Park was raised in and around the Pittsburgh area. He met his wife of 56 years, Margaret (Marge) Frey, on November 27, 1964, and decided then and there that she was the woman he was going to marry. They were married on June 5, 1965. They moved from Pittsburgh to rural Washington County PA in 1973, where he worked in a glass factory for several years. Both of his daughters, Heather and Dawn, were born in Washington County. When the factory closed in 1984, the family moved to Florida. Park worked in various factories until he got a job as a maintenance/custodial worker in the Seminole County Schools. He retired in 2009 and relaxed and enjoyed life.
Park was a family man. He adored his daughters and spoiled them rotten. When Mom said “no,” they turned to him and said, “Daddy?” He would reply, “whatever you want, Honey.” He had a very close relationship with both his daughters. He loved giving them advice and telling them of his experiences. They would sit and watch movies (he loved The Godfather Series and John Wayne movies) or they would just enjoy the quiet moments together.
Park loved people. He was very good at assessing a person’s character but was generous enough to give them the benefit of the doubt. He had a wonderful sense of humor. Park was also a prankster and loved to tell tall tales. He was so convincing that only his laugh would make people realize that he was spinning a yarn.
His faith was strong. Even when things got tough, Park was always positive. His favorite saying was that “The Lord will take care of us. He always has, and He always will. He’s done it our whole married life and we’ve never lacked for anything.”
As a young man, Park loved to walk. His main form of transportation was walking. He loved to hunt, fish, metal detect on the Florida beaches and ride his many motorcycles. After he retired, he turned to painting. He especially liked painting flowers and birds. Park also discovered he liked to cruise, and he and Marge we went on several cruises over the last several years. His dream was to go to Hawaii, and they did for their 50th anniversary. They renewed their vows at a luau and got to see the USS Arizona before it was permanently closed.
Park is survived by his wife Margaret J (Marge) Lippert, daughter, Heather P Lippert, PhD, and granddaughter, Gianna K Christensen. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Thomas Frey (Elaine), sister-in-law, Kathleen Quigley and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his younger daughter, Dawn F Christensen and his older brother, Robert Lippert (Marian) and his parents Robert and Dorothy Lippert.
His Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, January 9, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach, 336 S Halifax Dr., Ormond Beach, FL 32176.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to either First United Methodist Church or your favorite charity.
336 S Halifax Dr., Ormond Beach, FL 32176