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NIPPER, Homer F. Jr. Bob
NIPPER, Homer F. Jr. 'Bob' June 16, 1931~Oct. 19, 2012 Bob was born in Norwich, Connecticut to Irene LaPlant and Homer F. Nipper, Sr. He lived in Michigan, Indiana and Connecticut growing up and entered the Air Force in April, 1950. He met and married Juanita Lewis in Panama City, Florida. With her three girls, Doris, Peggy and Betty, they added another daughter, Judy and twin sons, Don and Ron. The Air Force took them from Florida to Colorado, New Mexico and California. He worked on aircraft, most notably the SR-71. Retiring after 20 years in 1970, in Lancaster, he continued his career in aircraft working at Lockheed on L-1011 program; Rockwell on the B-1A program; Flight Systems Inc on Full Scale Arial Targets, the F-86, F-100, F-106 and F-4; and finally at Northrup on the B-2 program. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, holding the offices of Chaplain, Treasure, Marshall, Jr., Deacon and Tiler. He was very involved with the Shri- ners and the work they accomplish at the Shriners Hospital. He loved driving the go-cart in local parades. He was an accomplished square dance caller and teacher, starting many of the local square dance clubs around our valley. Bob and his second wife, Lois Hobbs, spent time traveling and often visited her children and their grandchildren in Phoenix and Texas. He was very proud that he had visited all 50 states, the last was to Homer, Alaska in 2011, with sons Don and Ron and grandson, Kyle. He is survived by two sisters, and two brothers; his six children, 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He often said to Mom 'What a clan of Nippers we created'. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at the Lancaster Masonic Temple. Arrangements by Halley Olsen Murphy, Lancaster. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Veterans, Shriners Hospital, ASPCA or Dogs for the Deaf.

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