Donald E. Lipp, 83, of St. Clairsville, OH, died Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Liza’s Place of Valley Hospice.

He was born June 23, 1930, in Fort Wayne, IN, a son of the late John and Edna Lahrman Lipp.

Donald retired from Ogden Newspapers in 1994 after a long career in the publishing business. He got his start as a paperboy at age nine in Fort Wayne, moved to the newspaper’s mailroom while in high school and held several management positions – eventually promoted to circulation manager for Fort Wayne Newspapers, Inc.

In 1970, after 25 years with the company, he moved his family to Wisconsin to assume the direction of circulation operations for Madison Newspapers, Inc. In 1979, he became the director of circulation for Ogden Newspapers, Inc. Wheeling, WV.

During his business career he served as president and board member for both the Central States Circulation Managers Association and the Interstate Circulation Managers Association.

In the late ’40s and early ’50s, Donald played fast pitch softball and pitched in national and world tournaments. He also coached Little League baseball in Fort Wayne.

Donald also served as president of Grace Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne for six years and four years as president of Christ the King Lutheran in St. Clairsville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Alberta Kammer-Koenig, Geraldine Pickett and Eileen Bliss.

Surviving are his loving wife of 62 years, Betty Mitzner Lipp of St. Clairsville; two sons, John (Jane) Lipp of Manassas, VA and Kevin (Sharon) Lipp of Waunakee, WI; three grandchildren, Jarid Lipp, Nicole Lipp and Abby Lipp; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial gathering Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home & Crematory, 204 West Main Street, St. Clairsville.

A memorial service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 238 South Marietta Street, St. Clairsville, with Rev. Donna Kraus officiating.

Final arrangements at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ the King Lutheran Church or the American Heart Association.

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