ISHPEMING TOWNSHIP, Mich. - William "Kip" Kipling, age 89, of 160 Prospect, Ishpeming, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital.
William was born May 31, 1923, in Ishpeming to William and Helga (Wallberg) Nardi. He graduated from Ishpeming High School, class of 1941 and served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. Kip worked for Upper Peninsula Power Company as a lineman for 23 years and as a line foreman for another 18 years, retiring in 1986 after working 41 years.
Kip enjoyed bowling, throwing horseshoes, woodworking: especially making bird houses. He enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren playing cards, board games and working on puzzles. Kip also liked visiting casinos and playing bingo.
Kip is survived by his wife Geraldine (Rice) Kipling, whom he married on May 8, 1948; 3 sons: Terry (Katherine) Kipling of Spring Lake, MI, James (Peggy) Kipling and Roger (Bonny) Kipling both of Ishpeming; 6 grandchildren: Heather (Mark) Pease, Eric (Betsy) Kipling, Brian Kipling, Michele (Jon) DeVold, Kara Kipling and Kristin Kipling; 7 great-grandchildren: Jaren, Jayce, Katie, Ben, Annie, Maddux and Chas; a sister in law Alice Rice of Ishpeming, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Kip was preceded in death by his fathers William Nardi and Tom Kipling and his mother, Helga (Wallberg) Kipling.
A memorial service will be held at a later date announce by the Bjork and Zhulkie Funeral Home.
Kip's obituary may be viewed at www.bjorkandzhukie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.