Keith Alan Tipton

November 30, -0001 - May 26, 2012

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TIPTON, Keith Alan Devoted husband of Sherri Tipton (nee Brown) for 26 years. Loving father of Joshua and Jordan Tipton. Dear son of James and Wilma Tipton and son-in-law to Morris and Mary Brown. Beloved brother of Sharon Kindall and Kevin Tipton. Passed away Saturday, May 26, 2012, age 47. Visitation will be held at Hodapp Funeral Home, 8815 Cinti-Columbus Rd., (Rt 42), West Chester, on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.


Bethany Kindell - Sep 1, 2012

Keith, I miss you so much! I would never have thought we would lose you so soon. I remember in April when we were moving furniture at grandma and grandpa tipton’s house and I attempted to carry more than I could and tripped down the garage stairs, and you picked me up and helped me inside. The rest of the day you kept joking, calling me a water buffalo the way i fell. You were always ready for a good joke, it’s the Tipton way! You were always like a second father to me. Your love for God is an inspiration for me and for many others. I love you uncle Keith. I can’t wait to see you again in heaven!

Drew Kramer - Jun 1, 2012

Keith was a true original whose laughter was contagious. I very much enjoyed working with Keith. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. His smile will be missed.

Bowen Steele - Jun 1, 2012


Keith is my brother in Christ. I remember so many times he told me how proud he was of me.  After services when I had a leading role, he ALWAYS made a point to tell me that.  He is my brother in Christ who always told me and Jordan, because we were always together, you guys are the future of the congregation. He never seemed too concerned about the future of it to me, especially when he told us.  He believed we would fill the roles needed to keep this congregation strong.  He called us the future of it, to be the leaders when those before us passed on.  I didn’t realize the future would be now.

Keith was my mentor.  Everything I know about singing I learned at his feet.  I would always go over early to the building and practice songs with him.  I can’t remember how many times he stopped me and told me I was missing notes; too many to count for sure.  But he always did it in a kind and caring manner. I never once got upset with him for it; his advice was welcome.  After services that I lead singing in, his was the opinion I sought.  He always gave it freely too, whether good, or I needed improvement.  His honesty helped me grow.  He led me in singing, and nurtured within me a love for singing like his own.  Practicing with Keith helped me so much.  I didn’t realize rehearsals would end so suddenly. But I believe he’d tell me I’m ready.  Keith was my mentor.

Keith is my friend.  More than just a brother in Christ, more than a mentor, Keith was most definitely a close friend.  He was like a second father to me.  His house was always open to me whenever I wanted to spend time with Jordan.  We joked around as good friends often do; he always called me a “billy goat” because of my style choice of my facial hair.  Pretty much the last thing I said to him was joking about him looking like a raccoon.  I know he appreciated the joke, but I wish I’d told him some of what I’m saying now instead.   Keith is my friend.

Keith is my example.  He was a great Christian, a strong leader in our congregation.  He taught the kids Bible class for my whole life.  He never missed if he could help it.  He led singing when his voice was off due to a cold or something.  “Just keep right on going if I stop” he’d always say.  But I never remember him stopping.  Until now.  But I’m going to keep singing as best I can.  Because it was a love we both shared.  No matter what, he did his best for God.  Keith is my example. 

I remember we would pick out new songs and practice them to introduce to the congregation.  I have a list of those songs rfI remember.  I don’t know if he ever introduced  all of them, or if there were more, but these we worked on.  I’m gonna finish the work he started with them if I can because that’s what he would have wanted.  I can remember, on days where I had a new song, I would go over before Keith arrived and sing it and practice while I waited for him to arrive to show him my new song in our shared love of singing.  I can also remember days where I was running late, and he was singing when I walked in, waiting for me, with a new song he had learned.  I know that’s exactly what he’s doing now.  He is up in heaven, singing with the saints to Our Father.  And he’s waiting for me, with a glorious new song that he’s learned.  I can’t wait to learn it and sing it with him.  I’ll see you someday Keith.  I love you.

Candace Massey - May 31, 2012


I was very sorry to hear the news. You’re the strongest person I know and are surrounded by love, so I know you’ll get through this.

Even though I’m far away, let me know if there’s anything I can do.

Ron Yoder - May 31, 2012

I am deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Darlene James - May 31, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss Sherri. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the Lord watch over you all, keep you and give you strength during this hard time.

Mary McHolland - May 31, 2012

I am Tonya Tipton’s Grandmother and I wanted to express my deepest sympathies to the family of Keith Tipton. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dave Schloemer - May 31, 2012

Keith always had a smile on his face and a laugh to share. My prayers go out to his family and from all of us at Bill Spade Electric, Heating and Cooling we offer our deepest sympathies.

Tony Martin - May 30, 2012

Bubba im going to miss you ,
If it wasn’t for you i probaly would not have got this job at ilsco ,My heart and prayer goes out to your family ,

Jan Skillman - May 30, 2012

I won’t be able to come with Bill on Friday but my thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the future.

James Gardner - May 30, 2012

I have worked with Keith for a long time. I have always admired his wit and happy demeanor. Keith will be surely missed among the Ilsco community. May God welcome him into heaven with big open arms.

Jodie Groseclose - May 30, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during your loss. May God comfort you.

John Holley - May 30, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You will be greatly missed.

John & Pat Holley

Wayne & Tina Barrett - May 30, 2012

We are very sorry for your loss. Keith was a good man and a great neighbor. You and your family are in our prayers.

Sharon Meadows - May 30, 2012

My thoughjts and prayers are with your family. I know what a wonderful husband and father Keith was. He is in heaven with OUR FATHER.

Dennis Moore - May 30, 2012

Sherri, I am so sorry for your loss.

Shirley Conroy - May 30, 2012

Words cannot express our sorrow of your loss of this most precious life. We are praying for Keith’s family.

Bob, Shirley & Georgia.

gina z - May 30, 2012

I am so sorry for your lost. Even though I did not know you or your family, I happen to be there that morning, and pray for your family everyday. May the peace and beauty of God’s love be with in this time of sorrow.

Jim Valentine - May 30, 2012

Keith is one of those people you a fortunate to run into during you life that always puts a smile on your face with a kind word or funny comment. I will remember him and he will be truly missed. My prayers are with him and his family and friends.

Brandy Grubb - May 29, 2012

I know Keith is at home with our Father, he was an excellent example of what a Christian should be. I will miss him dearly. Love and prayers to the family.

Jennifer Fritz - May 29, 2012

I am Kevin’s sister-in-law (Tonya’s sister). I would like to extend my deepest sympathy on your loss. May God Bless you and keep you in your time of need.

Scott Bosecker - May 29, 2012

I only knew Keith for about a year, since I’m new to ILSCO, but just by talking to him I knew what an outstanding guy he was!! He will surely be missed by all!! To his family…May the Lord comfort you during this extremely difficult time, as only He can….Lean on Him for strength, support & guidance through your grieving process. My thoughts & prayers are with you!! Sincerest condolences, Scott W. Bosecker, co-worker @ ILSCO

Dennis Moore - May 29, 2012

Sherri, I am so sorry for your loss, thinking of you and your family.

Claude & Etta Brown - May 29, 2012

You will always live in our hearts and prayers.

Greg, Cory & Bryant Brown - May 29, 2012

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Teresa Hurst - May 29, 2012

Im so sorry to hear of your great loss Ive always admired your faithfulness You are in my thoughts and prayers

BSA Troop 962 - May 29, 2012

Our prayers are with you.

from Scouts & Parents of Troop 962.

Mike Barham - May 29, 2012

Our prayers will daily be with the family. We know Keith is in Heaven with our Father. We are lifting you up.