James Robert Tipton, formerly of Sandusky Street, Ashland, Ohio died at Bradford House II at Brethren Care Village on November 9, 2016.
He was born in Jerusalem, Ohio (Monroe County) to James Bert and Emily Danford King Tipton on August 29, 1914.
He married Ruth Burcher on June 14, 1939 and they were married for over 66 years. To them were born three children, Peggy Lutz (Edwin), James Tipton (Cindy), and Nancy Davis (Bob).
Ruth preceded him in death in 2006.
His sister, Libby Tipton Thomas (Louis) also preceded him in death.
Bob graduated from Sunsbury High School which later became Beallsville High School.
He met Ruth in junior high school and they both attended and graduated from Ohio University where Bob was a state champion wrestler. He attended the Stout Institute and did graduate work at Ohio University and Ohio State.
Bob came to Ashland in 1940 when he was hired to teach Industrial Arts at Ashland High School, after having taught in Buchtel and in Barnesvillle, Ohio.
During one summer of the WWII era, he took a maintenance job at the Eagle Rubber Company and this began his long career there where he ultimately became Executive Vice President.
He worked at Kent in New London, Ohio until 1999 when he retired to spend all of his time with his beloved “Susie,” his name for Ruth, at the home they built on Sandusky Street.
Bob was a talented woodworker and made many pieces of furniture in their home. Bob and Ruth enjoyed traveling
They also enjoyed many trips to visit their children and grandchildren, Jeffrey Lutz (Pam), Scott Lutz, Jennifer Tipton Cinkosky (Michael) and Jim Tipton (Tanya ), Meg Geary (Shawn), Libby Manning (Matt), and Bob Davis (Stephanie.)
Bob had 18 great grandchildren and 8 great great grandchildren as well as three nephews, David (Cari), Joseph (Marney) and Dan (Anne) Thomas and three nieces, Ruth Ann Owens, Mary Lou Cotton and Kathleen Moore.
Bob was a long time member of the First Christian Church.
He served as a member of the Ashland Noon Lions, the Masonic Lodge, the Shrine Club, the Ashland City School Board of Education, the Community Chest which became the United Appeal, the Ashland County Historical Association and the YMCA.
Bob was instrumental in starting the United Appeal (United Way) in Ashland and was the first President of the organization. It was his desire to help people who worked hard but who needed help due to their circumstances. Because his mother was widowed when he was two years old, he had great compassion for people in difficult circumstances.
For over 10 years, Bob lived at Brethren Care Village.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 26 at the First Christian Church of Ashland. Friends may call from 10:30 -1 before the service at the church. Heyl Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.