Funeral services for Stanley Vipond, of Norcross, Minn. will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Gall's Catholic Church in Tintah, Minnesota. Celebrant for the funeral will be Father Ronald Schmelzer. Visitation will be on Tuesday at St. Charles Catholic Church in Herman from 5 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery, near Herman. Military rites will be provided by the Herman American Legion.
Stanley Eugene Vipond, son of Lester and Anna (Miller) Vipond, was born at his parent's home on October 2, 1927 in Roseville Township. He was baptized and confirmed at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and attended Country School. On June 28, 1945 at the age of 17, Stan enlisted in the United States Navy, where he received his basic training at Great Lakes, Illinois. Following basic, Stan traveled to Cuba and Norfolk, VA aboard the U.S.S. Cleveland and U.S.S. Burdo. He received an honorable discharge on August 4, 1946. On Oct. 12, 1949, he was united in marriage to MaryAnn Kopel at St. Theresia's Catholic Church in Donnelly, Minn. To this union ten children were born. Following their marriage, the couple made their home in Herman, where Stan worked for a time at the Standard Oil Station and the Liquor Store in Donnelly.
Stan and MaryAnn fulfilled their lifelong dream when they began farming near Herman in 1955, later purchasing "The Farm" in 1962. Stan was very fortunate to farm with his sons and grandsons and following his retirement he never missed a fall corn harvest in the combine.
For over 60 years, Stan was an active member of St. Charles' Catholic Church in Herman, where he served as an Usher, Sacristan and Eucharistic Minister. He was a member of the Gorton Township Board, Herman American Legion and numerous other boards and committees. Stan enjoyed playing cards, often being found playing Euchre, Whist, Poker or Shanghai. If he wasn't playing cards or working in the field, you might find him checking the garden or going to a sporting event of his grandchildren.
Stanley died peacefully on Sunday, July 24, 2011 under the care of the staff at Prairie Ridge Medical Center in Elbow Lake, Minn. He was 83 years old.
He is survived by: his wife, MaryAnn Vipond, Norcross; six sons, Terry (Kathy) Vipond, Norcross, Larry (Annegine) Vipond, Herman, David (Pam) Vipond, Mahnomen, Joe (Karla) Vipond, Morris, Tim (Janelle) Vipond, Wendell and Mark (Ann) Vipond, Norcross; four daughters, Ginny (Larry) Heintzelman, Alberta, Robin (Jeff) Tanner, Atwater, Colleen (Steve) Brakke, Hickson, ND, and Joan (Paul) Kirkeide, Herman; four brothers, Dale (June) Vipond, Alexandria, Les (Ruth) Vipond, Elbow Lake, Bob (Sharon) Vipond, Battle Lake, and Denny (Faye) Vipond, Herman, MN; twenty-six grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren: Nicole and Brandon Kirkeide; his parents; one sister, Mildred Gulbrandson and three brothers: Kenneth, Donald and Richard Vipond.
Serving as pallbearers for the service are Stan's sons: Terry, Larry, David, Joe, Tim and Mark. Honorary pallbearers are: Todd Vipond, Eric Vipond, Ed Corcoron and Bud Corcoron. Marilyn Backman will serve as organist for the service with Peggy Corey serving as soloist. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the funeral arrangements. An online guestbook can be signed at www.pedersenfh.com .
In lieu of thanks you's, the family will be making donations to various charities.