MITCHELL – Willis K. “Red” Sipe, 91, Mitchell, passed away at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2007, at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center.
Born April 4, 1916, in Esbon, Kansas, he was the son of William K. and Blanche Ruth (Slagle) Sipe. He married Helen Jones June 26, 1947, in Las Vegas, and she preceded him in death June 22, 1987.
He graduated in 1934 from Burr Oak High School in Kansas. He attended aircraft school and spent 10 years working at Lockheed Aircraft in California. In 1951 he went to work for KTTV, a Los Angeles Times-owned television station, becoming a projectionist and camerman. At the time of his retirement in 1980, he was supervisor of the projection room. Over the years he came in contact with a number of celebrities and filmed many Rose Parades in Pasadena.
Red has done a lot of traveling and two of the most memorable trips were to Alaska and Israel. He was a member of Jacob Finger United Methodist Church.
Charlotte Gerkin, Mitchell
several nieces and nephews
His parents; wife; brothers, John K. Sipe, Charles Elmer Sipe, Lawrence Wellington Sipe, and Winton Slagle Sipe; and sister, Blanche Nelson, preceded him in death.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 9, at Cresthaven Memory Gardens Mausoleum with Pastor Margaret Pruden officiating. Entombment will follow.
Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until the service.