Funeral for Frederick W. "Fred" Leippe, 81, of Lawton, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Dr. Bill Schneider, senior pastor, the Rev Mark Mozeik, associate pastor and the Rev. Richard Mayer, pastor emeritus, officiating.
Fred went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
Burial will be at Highland Cemetery under direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home.
Fred was born Dec. 2, 1932, in Lawton to William and Luise Rudi Leippe. He was baptized March 26, 1933, and he was confirmed in the faith on Feb. 15, 1948, at St. John Lutheran Church, Lawton. Fred attended Washington and McKinley Elementary Schools and graduated from Lawton High in 1952. He attended St. John's Lutheran College in Winfield, Kan., before being drafted into the U.S. Army. His two-year duty was served in Fort Benning, Ga. He married Loraine Grace Wittig, of El Campo, Texas, on July 17, 1955, at St. John Lutheran Church in Wharton, Texas.
Fred later earned an Associate's Degree in Business at Cameron State Agricultural College and a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting at Oklahoma State University in 1959. He worked a short time for American Airlines in Tulsa before being employed by Public Service Company of Oklahoma, working for 31 years in Tulsa and Okmulgee before retiring in 1991 in Lawton as Division Accounting Manager. Fred then worked part time at McCoy's Building Supply doing the daily cash report. He was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church, where he had been church treasurer and elder. Fred also sang bass in the choirs every place he lived. He helped with the labor of building an addition to the current church. He made many woodworking projects for the annual Advent and Lenten Services. During his lifetime, he was an active member of Lion's Clubs and Junior Chamber of Commerce, Talk of the Month Club, Antique Auto Club, Woodworkers Club, Knife and Fork Club and was a western division director of the PSO retiree organization, Circuit Riders. He built his backyard workshop and a walk-in playhouse for his grandchildren. He and Loraine traveled for many years with the Circuit Riders seeing the United States and the Caribbean. He loved fishing, deer hunting in South Texas, also reading and re-reading numerous books he owned about the history of America's early western civilization, particularly cattle drives.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters and sons-in-law: Dana and Larry Gardner, of Coppell, Texas; and Vicki and Mark Mitchell, of Lawton; four grandchildren: Lauren and husband Patrick Smith, and Lindsey Gardner, all of Stillwater; and Jake and Hannah Mitchell, of Lawton; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Rudie and Karl; and one sister, Lina Mahre.
The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 102 SW 7th, Lawton 73501.
An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com.