Jack E. Tipton of Billings died November 22, 2012. He was 89.
He was born August 20, 1923 in Burlington, Kansas, the son of Nelton and Montra Tipton. He moved to Columbus, Montana, at an early age, where he was raised by his mother and stepfather, Montra and Jens C. Jensen. He graduated from Columbus High School in 1943.
Mr. Tipton entered the U.S. Army in June, 1943, serving in the Pacific Theatre, including the Philippines and occupied Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned to Columbus, where he met Barbara Nickelson and took her to her senior prom on their first date. The couple married August 5, 1951 at her family home south of Livingston and moved to Billings.
He attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering and worked for several Billings companies, including Midland Implement, Billings Hardware and Winter Hardware before joining the City of Billings public utilities department, where he worked in drafting and engineering. He retired in 1989.
Mr. Tipton was a longtime member of Ashlar Masonic Lodge, where he was elected Worshipful Master, and later served for many years as secretary. He was also a member of First Congregational Church.
He enjoyed time with his family, exploring Yellowstone National Park and camping on the Stillwater and Boulder Rivers and family picnics in Columbus. He spent years attending his daughters’ concerts and sporting events. He enjoyed stamp collecting and was an early adopter of computer technology.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara, of Billings and six daughters and their husbands: Connie and Stuart Snyder of Billings; Susan and Paul Gallemore of Durango, Colorado; Nancy and Olson Lee of Oakland, California; Carol and Bret Miller of Billings; Judy and Michael Killen of Powell, Wyoming; and Peggy and Dean Adams of Boise, Idaho. He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Alison and Sara Snyder; Amy Gallemore; Moriah, Andrea and Elizabeth Miller; Ann Marie and Carrie Killen; and Nicholas and Lilly Adams. He is also survived by a nephew, Larry Tipton and his wife Judy of Columbus, and niece Linda Tipton Tucker of Michigan, and numerous nieces and nephews in Wyoming and Montana, and extended family in Kansas.
Mr. Tipton was preceded in death by his mother Montra and stepfather, Jens Jensen; and his brother, Nelton “Tip” Tipton.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, followed by graveside services with military and Masonic honors in the Masonic section of Sunset Memorial Gardens. A reception will be held at the Shrine Auditorium, 1125 Broadwater Ave., after graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Masonic Scholarship Fund, or the Shriners Children’s Hospital Travel Fund.