Betty Lou Lipp


Betty Lou Lipp, 82, of Defiance, passed away on October 17, 2012, at the Laurels of Defiance.

Betty Lou was born on April 11, 1930, to Ward E. and Mildred E. (Hamlin) Wissler in Defiance, Ohio. On June 26, 1949, she married John J. Lipp, who preceded her in death on February 3, 2009. Betty Lou worked as a homemaker and was an early Avon sales woman in Sherwood, Ohio, and a member of Junction Bible Christian Church, Defiance Church of the Brethren, and the Church of God. She was a Sunday school teacher, a cook for many years and youth director, as well as cook for funeral luncheons and at the Payne camp meetings at the Church of God. She took great pride in keeping her home clean and was known for doing so. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Betty Lou is survived by her daughter, Judith (Mike) Davidson of Columbia, Tenn.; sons, Bruce Lipp of Edgerton, Ohio, and Monte (Kim) Lipp, Chesapeake, Va.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Nancy Ummel, Goshen, Ind.

Betty Lou was preceded in death by husband, John Lipp; father, Ward E. Wissler; mother, Mildred E. (Hamlin) Wissler; brothers, Ward Junior Wissler and Edwin E. Wissler; and a daughter, Julia Dawn Lipp.

Visitation will be held at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, Ohio, on Friday, October 26, 2012, from 2-8 p.m., and one hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Saturday. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 27, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Gene Yenser officiating. Burial will take place in Evansport Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Defiance Area DASH or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences can be given at

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  • I was so sorry to hear of Lou's passing. I remember sitting on her porch when I was little, snapping green beans!! She was the one who taught me how to do that and I always think of her when I do that myself. What a nice lady. I am praying for your family. Wendy (Dunbar) Bristow

  • so very sorry to learn of Lou's passing. i got to spend some time with her a couple of months ago, shortly after my mom passed. it was good to see Lou and catch up with her. she seemed very happy that we got to spend some time together. she was a great lady and neighbor, once upon a time! my thoughts are with all of you during this time. i take great comfort in knowing that she is now with her John and with my mom, and all those that passed before she did. feel free to contact me if you wish. God bless you all. Robin Dunbar