John C. Tippin

Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2002

Former Juneau resident John C. Tippin, 73, died July 27, 2002, in Anchorage.

He was born June 16, 1929, in Evergreen, Ala. He came to Alaska in 1952, arriving in Fairbanks but eventually working on the Detection Early Warning line in Barrow. There he met Lillian Mollie Hopson and they married in 1956.

He worked in a number of professions across Alaska, from controller of a public broadcasting station to engineering projects for the federal government. He also worked for the state departments of transportation and administration.

After his wife's death in 1976 in Fairbanks, he pursued sailing and flying in Juneau and in Haines. Eventually, he built a cabin by hand in North Excursion Inlet 900 feet above tidewater where he lived until seven months before his death in Anchorage.

His family said he particularly enjoyed music and played violin, guitar, flute, harmonica and recorder. He enjoyed photography and Scouting.

He is survived by his children, John Clay Tippin Jr. of Citrus Heights, Calif., and Terzah Tippin Poe of Anchorage; his brothers William Tippin of Flowery Branch, Ga., and Emory Tippin of Oak City, N.C.; and sister Iris Weaver of Mobile, Ala.

A potluck memorial will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 18 at Cope Park. Friends and family are welcome and encouraged to relate stories of John's life and bring a salad or dessert to share with others.

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