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Daniel Lipp

October 23, 1933 ~ April 18, 2021 (age 87)


Daniel Michael Lipp, 87, of Aberdeen, SD, passed away Sunday, April 18, 2021 surrounded by his seven loving children at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 22, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Aberdeen.

Burial following at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Aberdeen.

Sack lunches will be available at the Church Fellowship Hall after the service.

Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements.  Family and friends may sign the online guestbook and also view the service at

Visitation is 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, with a liturgical wake and rosary at 7:00 p.m. all at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Visitation continues one hour before Mass at the church.

Dan was born in Timber Lake, SD on October 23, 1933 and died at age 87 on April 18, 2021.

He was the son of Joe and Helen (Materi) Lipp and was one of 10 children.

Dan married Dorothy Ann Fischer on Sept 8th, 1958. Dorothy passed away on Nov 30th, 2018. They had built a life and family together for 60 years! They raised seven children – David, Dean, Don, Dennis, Doreen, Delores, and Debbie (yes you read that correctly, 9 D’s in the family).

Dan started his education in a one room schoolhouse. He graduated from Northern State College and entered the teaching profession in Alpena, SD. Dan & Dorothy moved the family to Aberdeen in 1964 where he extended his teaching career at Roncalli High School. All and all, he taught full time for 41 years – 34 of those at Roncalli where hundreds of students learned math, science, and perhaps most importantly, life skills in his classroom.

Through the stages of his life, Dan was a cherished son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend to many. Dan was a role model to many generations and continued to teach lessons of commitment, responsibility, integrity, and kindness throughout his life. Dan was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a devout Catholic his whole life.  Although the loss is tremendous for us, the best way to remember and honor our dad is through your everyday actions continuing to hold his values closely and finally, remember “the best time to laugh is anytime you can!”

Our beloved dad was a brilliant builder: he was instrumental in designing and building his house where seven of us grew up. He was an outstanding builder in the field of Mathematics. He not only successfully taught high school advanced Math courses at Roncalli, he also faithfully taught college-level Math at Presentation College in the evening for a few years. Under his leadership, his students competed at Math Count yearly at Northern State University and won numerous awards every year. He was most patient with his students and always built up their confidence in Mathematics in every way. He was a faith-builder in our family life: he taught us how to pray as we grew up, as well as many life lessons through his own examples. He was a love-builder: he and mom were married for over 60 years and he took care of her in the last 10 years at their home under the most difficult circumstances of mom's illness. He was an avid hobby-builder: he loved to play pinochle with his family and friends; he learned to play organ and accordion on his own in addition to playing clarinet in high school.  He always enjoyed woodworking and canning vegetables. His excellent farm skills included raising animals and tending summer vegetable gardens. His crown and joy were his beloved wife Dorothy and children, and he loved spending time with his grand-children and great grand-children. He was delighted in receiving letters and visits from the many students that he taught throughout his career. 

Dan is survived by four sons: David (Lori) Lipp and children Dana, Bryan and Ashley: Dean (Carol) Lipp and children Meghen, Amanda, Scott, and Bri; Don (Chiara) Lipp; Dennis (Terry) Lipp and children Lindsay and Luke; three daughters: Doreen Lipp and children Robert III, Kate, Danielle, and Ryan; Delores (Jeff) Yarbrough; and Deborah (Theodore) Kistler and children Matthew and Nick. He is also survived by 6 siblings, 11 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, Dan started to use a couple phrases in his German tongue that translated to “stay healthy” and “stay kind”. He always said hard times brought out either your worst or your best and reminds us all to “make sure it brings out your best.”

Dad died from a COVID-19 infection. Please protect life – maintain vigilance with recommended precautions and consider your vaccination.

Please wear a mask to protect your family and the health of the community. Please don’t attend if you have health concerns or are uncomfortable in any way, we understand. The family is planning a Celebration of Life for later September or October (perhaps close to Dan’s birthday) when we hope all can come together to carry on in the spirit of unity that Dan would have so much enjoyed.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Dan Lipp Scholarship at Aberdeen Catholic Foundation.

To send flowers to Daniel's family, please visit our floral store.


April 21, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
St. Mary's Catholic Church
409 2nd Avenue NE
Aberdeen, SD 57401

April 21, 2021

7:00 PM
St. Mary's Catholic Church
409 2nd Avenue NE
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Mass of Christian Burial
April 22, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
North Dakota Street
Aberdeen, SD 57401

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