Louis O. Vipperman – Colonel, United States Army

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Retired U.S. Army Colonel Louis Vipperman, 78, of 6643 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, North Carolina, passed away Sunday, October 26, 2008, in Womack Army Medical Center on Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

He was a devoted family man, a staunch patriot, and he had a strong faith in God.

Colonel Vipperman was born December 18, 1929, in Sophia, West Virginia, to the late William Frederick and Sally Brown Vipperman.

Colonel Vipperman joined the Army in 1945 and served 28 years. He was a Field Artilleryman, Infantryman, Gliderman, Parachutist, Jumpmaster and 5th Special Forces Officer. Colonel Vipperman graduated from the Command and General Staff College. He served two volunteer tours of duty in Vietnam. He was an instructor at the U.S. Army Special Warfare School at Fort Bragg. Colonel Vipperman earned three awards of the Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars, Air Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the World War II Victory Metal. He was inducted into the Field Artillery OCS Hall of Fame at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Colonel Vipperman is survived by his loving wife, Janeth; children, Jo Ann Lee of Greenville and husband Gary, Vicki Webb of Stockton, California, and preceded in death by husband Michael Webb, Patricia Bugg of Warrenton and husband Smitty, Louis Vipperman II of Myrtle Beach South Carolina, and wife Bobbie Jean, Carol Tate of Charlotte and husband Jimmy, Robert Vipperman of San Antonio and Jan Beiswanger of Fayetteville and husband Bob; brother, Carl Vipperman of Athens, Georgia, and wife Reggie; and sisters, Rosalie Mitchell of Jasper, Florida, preceded in death by husband Charles, and Connie Barry of Gainesville, Florida, and husband Dave.

He has 17 grandchildren, Ada Bradley married to Kris, Christie and Brian Lee, Will Bugg, Louis III and Shaun Vipperman, Athen, Nicole, Emily, Natalie and Preston Tate, Zachary and Katelyn Vipperman, and Leah, Leif, Jordan and Spencer Brooks. He has two great-grandchildren, Rachael and Kara Bradley.

Graveside and committal services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 9, 2009, in Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, with the rendering of full military honors.

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