Alfred Henry Wipperman Jr.

Alfred Henry Wipperman Jr. passed into the loving arms of his Savior on Saturday, October 26 succumbing to cancer. Al was born May 18th, 1928 in Little Rock, Arkansas, child of Alfred Henry Wipperman Sr. and Gertrude (Steinwedel). After graduating from High School in Stuttgart, Arkansas he joined the US Coast Guard where he served on the USS Walt Whitman. Al graduated from Washburn University in 1951 with a BBA degree. He was married to Janice Lee Smeltzer on September 28, 1951, who preceded him in death. Following a stint serving in the US Navy, he worked as an insurance salesman, real estate salesman and other sales industry jobs.

Survivors include children: Stephen (Kristen) Wipperman, Deborah Gibbons and her fiancée Thomas Blindt, Kevin (Becky) Wipperman, Martha Gifford, and David (Ann) Wipperman.  Al and Jan were blessed with 20 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.

Al loved his Lord Jesus and devoted much time and energy to acts of service and church leadership.

A Christian memorial service will be held in Al’s memory at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 901 SW Fillmore St, Topeka on Friday, November 1st at 10:00 AM. Memorials may be sent to St. John’s.

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  1. I will always remember Mr. Wipperman (ALWAYS “Mr.” in my mind because a) he was a dad and b) my dad would correct me!) as a man who always had a few minutes to chat with me and who was a guide and a teacher at Christ Lutheran. He was a one-of-a-kind person and he will be missed and remembered by more people than he probably ever thought would miss him!

  2. Martha and Family, Your dad was a one of a kind. I spent many hours with him working on St. John’s College Board functions. He personally was responsible for many good things that happened to me in the church. I had a great deal of respect for him. You have my deepest sympathy. I got back to TLS for a reunion about 4 years ago.

  3. For all of Al’s family, Praying that the love beyond our understanding of Our Father and the Spirit surround and comfort you at this time. Al is indeed at peace in the arms of our Lord, along with Jan. What a great example of faith AL was, confident at the love and salvation given to us from Our Savior !!; and he was also ornery and fun loving, as you well know! He will be missed!! Continued prayers from the Fergel family. Joe, Sherry, Eddie & Jenna

  4. Kevin and Becky, I know you’ll miss your Dad, Kevin, but what a reunion is happening in Heaven! That’s what I remember when missing my mom. As believers, isn’t it wonderful to know we don’t say goodbye, but “see you soon”. You will be in my thoughts as you wade through these next weeks. Blessings, Carol Gravenstein

  5. “Blessed are those who die in the Lord for they rest from their labors.” My deepest condolences to the family and I knew your father from our days together in Balance, Inc. and our work here in the Kansas District. He lived to see many changes in our Synod and District and was a part of all of it.

  6. Martha and family:
    I am sorry to hear of the death of your father. I have many memories during childhood from our neighborhood activities and TLS activities of you, your parents, and our families. May God give you comfort during this difficult time. Rejoice in the fact that your dad was a Christian and is now in heaven with Jesus and your mother. I think that is a comforting thought. At least that is what I think of when I am missing my mother in heaven.
    Donna Mellring Brooks

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