Larry F. Hippler, 73, of Newton, passed away at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at his home.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Newton, with the Rev. Al Kemme celebrating mass. Burial will be in New St. Peter Cemetery, Newton, with full military rites by the Jasper Post 20 American Legion. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Nov. 7, at the church and one-half hour before the mass. Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home, Newton, is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.blakefh.com.
Larry was born on Oct. 3, 1940, in Jasper County, the son of George F. and Mary (Bergbower) Hippler. Larry served his country in the United States Army reserves. Larry was a farmer and carpenter for many years. He was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and the Old Time Fiddler’s Association of Illinois. He was known far and wide as a great fiddle player and played in several country music bands over the years. Larry had won several trophies for his fiddle playing and was an Illinois State Championship Fiddle Player having won three first place trophies and many first and second place trophies. Larry enjoyed building model airplanes and also dollhouses for family and friends.
Larry is survived by his sister, Agnes Ann (Dean) Bond of Newton; brother, Richard Hippler of Casey; nieces and nephews, Cyndy Miller of Newton, Jim (Jodi) Bond of Chauncey, Amy (Pat) Mullen of Casey, and Sarah (Jeremy) Tomes of Clay City; great-nieces and nephews, Mary Alice (Zacary) Cochran of Effingham, Jesse Bond of Newton, and Cody Brown, Derick Brown and Abigail Mullen, all of Casey.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents and his sister-in-law, Donna Hippler.
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