Theodore M. Schipper
Visitation: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.
Funeral Service: Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 11 AM also at the funeral home with Rev. David J. Farrell officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery with military honors performed by the United States Army Honor Guard.
Theodore M. (Ted) Schipper age 92 passed away Sunday, March 7, 2021 at his son’s home in Colon.
Ted was born July 18, 1928 in Allendale a son to the late Minord M. & Anna M. (VanSingle) Schipper.
He grew up in Allendale on the family dairy farm and moved to Colon in 1957 where he has resided since.
Ted first attended Michigan State University, then transferred to Indiana School of Mortuary Science where he earned his degree in Mortuary Science in 1952.
After college he entered the United States Army, serving with the Third Infantry Division in Korea earning the rank of Sergeant, and earned a Bronze Star.
On August 12, 1955 he married Helen Ann Dykstra in Grand Rapids, she preceded him in death February 4, 2003.
Ted owned and operated the Schipper Funeral Home in Colon and later was a partner in the Rosenberg Schipper Funeral Home LTD. in Sturgis, giving many years of dedicated service.
He was a member of the Colon United Methodist Church, life member of the Colon American Legion and Colon Historical Society, had served on the Colon School Board as president and had been a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association for 69 years.
He is survived by two sons; Chad T. Schipper and friend Sharon Hagen and Tod M. Schipper of Colon, son-in-law Marion (Chris) Hayes of Washington, Iowa, Two grandchildren; Tyler (Kirsten) Schipper of Colon and Megan (Turner) Schultz of East Leroy an several nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife Helen he was preceded in death by a daughter Debra Kay Hayes and brother Willis (Bill) Schipper.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday at the Schipper Funeral Home from 6-8 P.M. Funeral services celebrating the life of Ted M. Schipper will be Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home with Rev. David J. Farrell officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery with Military honors conferred by the Colon American Legion Post #454 and the United States Army Honor Guard. If desired memorials may be made to either the Colon United Methodist Church or the Colon Historical Society.
March 7, 2021 @ 4:14 pm
Sorry for your family’s loss.
Thoughts and prayers are with you .
March 8, 2021 @ 5:21 am
Tod, Chad & Family,
Deepest Condolences & Prayers during this difficult time. So sorry to hear of the loss of your Father.
Carolyn & Tom Parrish
March 8, 2021 @ 12:05 pm
We’d like to offer our condolences to the Schipper family. Ted was a very kind person and was very caring to our family in our time of sorrow. Our family truly appreciated all he did for us.
Nancy and Don Walters
March 8, 2021 @ 12:50 pm
Todd. So sorry to hear this no matter our age it is hard to say good bye to our dads Hope you find comfort in all your memories
Esther M. Shaw
March 9, 2021 @ 3:46 pm
Sorry to learn about Teds death..Helen, Ted, Tom and I had some good times on the MFDA trips..He was a proud funeral director and I’m sure served his family very well. My condolences to all the family.
March 10, 2021 @ 5:23 pm
So sorry for your loss, Todd and Chad. I always enjoyed hanging out with Deb at the pool. Ted and Helen were always kind and generous.
All are missed greatly and I look happily towards being reunited with them one day.
March 9, 2021 @ 8:31 pm
He was such a wonderful compassionate man, a great contributor to Colon. He will be missed. We are so glad to have known him. Chuck and Kathleen
March 10, 2021 @ 10:05 am
Tod, Chad, Tyler and Megan: We are so sorry for the loss of your dad and grandpa. He was such a kind and gentle man. May you find comfort knowing that he is now at peace. May all the memories you have of him keep him alive in your hearts forever. We send our deepest sympathy to you all.
Duane and Lucetta Sobaski
Scott and Kelly Lutey
March 10, 2021 @ 10:42 am
So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Time with our parents seems to go by so fast. I will never forget our first day at Wayne State while trying to buy all the required materials for classes and I didn’t have enough money. Your dad, without hesitation offered to pay for the rest of what I needed so we could be ready for our first day of class. To do that for someone that he met about fifteen minutes earlier says a lot about a person.
Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Scott and Kelly Lutey