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Robert J. Dippre
January 4, 1923 - June 5, 2015
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Robert J. Dippre, age 92, a lifelong resident of Scranton, died Friday morning at Regional Hospital of Scranton, after an illness. He was preceded in death on September 20, 2008, by his beloved wife of 65 years, Mary Gustin Dippre.
Born on January 4, 1923, son of the late Joseph and Catherine Moore Dippre, Robert was a graduate of the former St. Joseph’s High School, South Scranton, before attending Penn State University. A proud United States Army Veteran, he served two tours of duty, both in Japan and Europe, having fought in The Battle of the Bulge, before an honorable discharge on January 20, 1946. Honored as a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal, he was also awarded the Good Conduct; American Campaign; Asiatic Pacific Campaign; European African; Middle Eastern Campaign, with 3 Bronze Stars; and the World War II Victory Medals for bravely serving his country.
Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the Pennsylvania Racing Commission at Pocono Downs. He had attended Saint Ann Maronite Church in West Scranton, and was also a former Commander of the American Legion Post 948 in Scranton. Also active with the V.F.W., he was a lifelong Republican and a member of the Young Republicans. He adored his animals, and kept fond his memories of summers spent at Handsome Lake.
He was tough as nails yet a gentle man filled with kindness and compassion. He was a great father and loving husband. He had a terrific sense of humor that stayed with him until the end. He will be forever missed.
He is survived by his loving daughter and caregiver, Anne Marie Dippre, New York, City, N.Y. and Scranton; a sister, Nan Joseph, Holy Family Residence, Scranton; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Dippre; and sisters, Madelyn Joyce, Leona Oats and Helen Slivinskas.
His daughter wishes to offer her deep gratitude to Dr. Anees Fogley along with the entire staff of Regional Hospital for the collective care and compassion given to both her and her father throughout his illness.
Funeral Services will begin on Tuesday at 11:00AM from the Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 125 North Main Avenue, Scranton, with an 11:30AM Funeral Mass at St. Ann Maronite Church, to be celebrated by Msgr. Francis J. Marini, Pastor. Interment with military honors by the AMVETS Honor Guard will follow in Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery. Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Tuesday between 9-11:00AM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Robert’s name to Saint Ann Maronite Church, 1320 Price Street, Scranton, Pa., 18504.