Dale Dean Chipps Jr., 66, a former resident of Kerens and Bridgeport and more recently a resident of Fort Myers, Fla., departed this life Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at his home. He was in his usual health, and death was sudden and unexpected.
He was born Aug. 20, 1946, at Elkins, a son of Dale Dean Chipps Sr., who preceded him in death Feb. 3, 2013, and the late Mildred Louise Poling Chipps.
He is survived by a son, Matthew Chipps of Bridgeport; a daughter, Lory Dillon and her husband, Tyler, Marco Island, Fla.; three grandchildren, Hannah, Tyler Jr. and Jackson Dillon; a brother, Thomas S. Chipps and his wife, Jane, of Daniels; a niece, Ashley Chipps; two nephews, Jason and Joshua Chipps; and his first wife, Donna Chipps.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two nieces, Carey Chipps and Kelly Chipps.
Dean graduated from Elkins High School in 1964 and West Virginia University with honors in 1968. He was an engineer for the West Virginia Division of Highways for more than 44 years, retiring in 2011. He was a member of Bridgeport United Methodist Church and the former Harts Chapel United Methodist Church in Kerens. He was an avid WVU sports fan and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Most recently, Dean enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren in Florida.
Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Ave. in Bridgeport Sunday, March 10, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Visitation will then be conducted at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home, 120 First St. in Elkins Monday from noon to 1 p.m., where services will be conducted at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Kevin Gainer officiating. Interment will follow in Israel Cemetery at Kerens. Expressions of sympathy may be expressed in the form of contributions to the Leading Creek Fire Department, Kerens, WV 26276.