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Richard Eugene Hippler
July 16, 1949 ~ November 4, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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Richard Eugene Hippler, age 74, of Casey, IL passed away at 3:05 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Coles County, IL after a brief battle with cancer. He was born July 16, 1949 in Newton, IL the son of George Francis Hippler and Mary Rosina Bergbower Hippler. On November 8, 1969 he married Donna Lee Fain in Newton, IL; she passed away on January 11, 2013. He then married Mary Elizabeth “Betty” (Mills) Boyd on July 25, 2014 in Casey, IL.
Survivors include his wife Betty Hippler of Casey, IL; sister, Agnes Ann Bond of Newton, IL daughters, Amy Mullen of Casey, IL and Sarah Tomes (Jeremy) of Teutopolis, IL; bonus children, Rob Boyd (Jenni) of Tuscola, IL; John Boyd (Amanda) of Villa Grove, IL and Cyndi Lewis (Jay) of Casey, IL; grandchildren, Cody Brown (Melissa), Derick Brown (Paige Ingram), Abigail Mullen, Felicia Tucker, Emily, Evan and Eden Hopper, James, Mark, and Chris Boyd, Caleb and Chloe Lewis; great grandchildren, Richard, Haylee and Addison Brown, Connor and Kayleigh Brown and Amelia Hagemier, many in-laws, nieces, nephews, his Church family and a rather large group of dancers and even more musicians and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Donna Fain Hippler; brother, Larry Francis Hippler; brother in law, Dean Bond and step daughter, Kimberly Hopper.
Richard graduated from Newton High School in 1967 and then went to electronic school. He may have worked on something for you during the 36 years he worked for Sears. You may have heard him play music. While he could play anything with strings, people waited with anticipation for him to pick up his banjo. While he played with several bands and many great musicians over the years, he spent the last 12 playing with his Grandsons, Cody & Derick as Generation Gap. They have shared their talents at several benefits, Fourth of July Celebrations and Popcorn Festivals at the park and every month for a dance they started at the Casey VFW. "Richard and Friends" also played some more acoustic shows at Mill Creek and Oilfield. And no matter how late that kept him out, he always showed up to play guitar for mass at Casey's St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church every Sunday morning.
He was also a talented carpenter and shared that talent with Cub Scouts, teaching them about tools. He helped his grandsons and friends make baseball bats and bag boards, made a few instruments and any crazy creation his daughters brought him. He also spent 48 years remodeling their home, room by room, over and over, creating a home full of love and laughter.
He was one of the nicest people on earth; he had a great sense of humor and a wicked work ethic. He was an inspiration for many and will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 300 E. Jefferson Ave., Casey, IL with Father Augustine Koomson officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Street Cemetery, Casey, IL. Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening with at Markwell Funeral Home, 200 N. Central Ave., Casey, IL.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
To view the full obituary, send a condolence message, light a candle or post photos, visit www.markwellfuneralhome.com. Markwell Funeral Home of Casey, IL is in charge of the arrangements.