August 8, 1925 - March 15, 2019
Robert (Bob) Lloyd Tippett went to be with his heavenly Father on March 15, 2019. He was born August 8, 1925 in Denver, Colorado to Annabelle Gilbert and Edward Montague Tippett. Bob grew up in the Washington Park area of Denver and following high school in 1943 he enlisted in the Army and successfully tested to become an Aviation Cadet in the Army Air Forces. Bob always felt fortunate to be defending the skies of Texas when WWII ended. Following his discharge, Bob went to Denver University on the G.I. Bill. Bob was musical to the core and played the piano and achieved 1st chair French horn in the Denver Symphony.
Bob started his career in Denver as a management trainee at Sears, Roebuck and Co., in 1948. At age 26, he became the youngest assistant manager in the nation for Sears at that time while working in Colorado Springs. It was there that he hired a beautiful young coed from Colorado College named Evelyn (Evie) Andrews as a part-time sales associate. After dating on the sly due to strict fraternizing rules, they eventually got engaged and were married on December 23, 1952. Bob, with Evie at his side, then continued a forty-year journey with Sears involving thirteen moves across the central and southern U.S until transferring to Dallas in 1976. Bob retired in 1988 as the Sears executive responsible for the distribution centers and retail stores across five southwestern states.
Bob’s first love was always Evie Jo (he often called her ‘Heavenly Jo’) and their two daughters. His second love was the Colorado mountains. They owned a home in Estes Park, Colorado where they enjoyed hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, entertaining friends and golfing for 30 years. Bob could just about name every mountain in Colorado. In addition to memories in Estes Park, Bob would tell many a story of trips as a boy from Denver to Aspen, where his mom was born in 1898.
Bob was an active community and church leader in the various cities they lived in during his career including Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Casper, Enid, Amarillo, Kansas City, Houston, Omaha, and finally Dallas. In Dallas for the last twelve year of his career, Bob served on the Dallas Citizen’s Council, and several boards including First City National Bank, State Fair of Texas, Salvation Army, Circle Ten Boy Scouts and as Chairman of the Better Business Bureau. Bob and Evie were members of Northwood Club where they enjoyed tennis and golf with many friends. Bob and Evie are members of Highland Park Presbyterian Church and worshiped many years at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church.
Bob is survived by his wife Evie Jo of 67 years; daughters Debra Tippett Gibbe and husband Richard and Cindy Harding and husband Art. Grandchildren include Debra’s step-sons Christopher Gibbe of Austin, Texas and Ryan Gibbe of Dallas, Cindy and Art’s daughters, Julie Woidneck and husband Brian, Jennifer Cardwell and husband Craig, both of Dallas. Great grandchildren are Graham Cardwell, Ellie Cardwell and Anna Woidneck.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Meals on Wheels or the North Texas Food Bank.
A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held Thursday, March 21 at 2:30 pm in the Sanctuary at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.
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