Albert E. Hipkins 1926-2019

TRANSFER, Pa. — Albert Ernest Hipkins, 92, died peacefully Saturday evening, April 20, 2019, at his home, with his beloved wife, Nancy, family and caregiver assistants at his side.

Albert was born July 23, 1926, and raised in South Pymatuning, Pa., a son of the late Ray and Ruby Bernard Hipkins.

On Aug. 9, 1947, he married the love of his life, Nancy Hover, and they have been inseparable for over 70 years.

He was a member of Hickory United Methodist Church, Hermitage, Pa.

Albert worked and repaired farm machinery at Sunny Arners in Orangeville prior to his employment at Packard Electric Division of General Motors in Warren, from which he retired in 1990.

He was an active member of the Wagon Wheels RV trailer club and loved to travel and camp with his wife and friends after retirement. Albert enjoyed tinkering in the garage and would spend the winter months in Zephyrhills, Fla., where he enjoyed doing puzzles, making yard crafts and the warm weather.

Albert looked forward to spending time with his family, going for a car ride to get ice cream and was always up for a picnic, reunion or gathering of friends. He was extremely proud of his family and his grandchildren were the light of his life. He will be missed by those who called him dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, uncle and friend.

In addition to his loving wife, he leaves behind a son, Larry Hipkins of Leesburg, Fla.; a daughter, Patti Lapikas and her husband Jim of Sharpsville, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Viola “Maxine” Hasenplug and daughter-in-law, Candace “Candy” Bischof Hipkins.

The family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to John, Albert’s longtime neighbor and companion.

Anyone wishing to express their sympathy may do so by making memorial contributions to Hickory United Methodist Church, 240 N. Hermitage Rd., Hermitage, PA 16148 or Heartland Hospice of Pennsylvania.

The family would also like to thank the staff at Visiting Angels of Sharon, Pa. and Golden Caregivers of Sharpsville, Pa. and offer special thanks to the caregivers for their compassion, friendship and skilled assistance, as well as Heartland Hospice for making Albert’s final days comfortable and peaceful.

A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019, at John Flynn Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. funeral chapel, with Pastor Frank Hodge officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2019 and 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday, all at the funeral home.

Arrangements were by the John Flynn Funeral Home & Crematory Inc.

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