LaVerne Stippich passed away at the Western Horizon’s Care Center in Hettinger, N.D., June 28, 2013.
Published July 3, 2013
Funeral services for LaVerne L. Stippich, 93, longtime Hettinger, ND businessman was July 2, 2013 at the Hettinger Lutheran Church. Rev. Kathleen Dettmann was the officiate and burial with Full Military Honors followed at the Hettinger Cemetery.
LaVerne LeRoy Stippich was born April 23, 1920 on a farmstead 12 miles north of Hettinger to Ezra J. and Ella A. (Johnson) Stippich. He was born into a family with seven children.
LaVerne attended grade school at the Argonne School No. 1 from 1925 through 1933. He worked for farmers around the Hettinger area from 1931 to 1942.
LaVerne was married to Joyce Rebecca Moe at Baker, Mont. August 25, 1940. They had two sons, James Allan Stippich and Lonnie LeRoy Stippich. Joyce passed away Sept. 4, 1989. LaVerne married Della Skogen Quickstad Nov. 10, 1990. They resided in Hettinger.
LaVerne was a World War II veteran. He served in an Infantry Division in the US Army in Italy from 1943 through 1944.
After returning home in 1945, he started trucking with his wife Joyce. They hauled gravel, grain and coal. In 1947, he began washing sand and gravel and in 1958, started Stippich Gravel and Ready Mix. The business name changed to Stippich, Inc. in 1974. The company diversified over the years to produce aggregate and ready mix concrete, the manufacture of pre-cast concrete products, is involved in concrete construction and buys and sells construction equipment worldwide.
LaVerne loved family. He attended and enjoyed family reunions from 1990 to 2004. He also loved flying, his business, heavy equipment, being a Mason, playing in a band, dancing and just living life. He was a member of many different organizations whether business, military, fraternal or community. He was a member of the Hettinger Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, Della Stippich, his sons, James (Linda) Stippich and Lonnie (Carol) Stippich, all of Hettinger, N.D.; his grandchildren, James L. Stippich, Jeffrey (Tonya) Stippich, Jolyne Stippich and Kimberly (Theron) Schalesky, eight great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter, his sisters, Erlene (Marion) Grant, San Antonio, Texas, and Ruth (Henry) Lloret, San Jose, Calif., sister-in-law, Minnie Moe, Spearfish, S.D., brother-in-law, Norman Moe, Regent, N.D. and an aunt, Marjie Johnson, of Fargo, N.D. and many nieces and nephews. LaVerne was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Joyce, his sister, Joyce and three brothers, John, Raymond and Donald.