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John “Jack” A. Sippel, Jr.

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On October 12, 2012 @ 9:53 am In Obituaries | 6 Comments

John “Jack” A. Sippel Jr., age 82, of Landisville, Pa. passed away at Oak Leaf Manor on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. the son of the late John A. and Florence (Drum) Sippel. He was married to Dawn (Giberson) Sippel who died in 1994.
He was a graduate of Hazleton High School (1948), Franklin and Marshall College (1952) where he was a member of the men’s basketball team, and Uni. Of Penn. School of Physical Therapy (1954) He served in the US Air Force (1952-55) attaining the rank of Captain.
He started his professional career as a staff physical therapist with the Easter Seal Society of Lancaster, Pa. He became Executive Director and moved the society to a new facility now known as the Schreiber Rehab Center. After retiring from the Easter Seal Society, he worked with various local nursing homes continuing his physical therapy career.
An avid golfer, he was a longtime member of Conestoga Country Club for over 50 years. Also he was a member of the Bethany Presbyterian Church, the Lancaster Cosmopolitan Club, the Lancaster Liederkranz and the Elks. Jack enjoyed cooking and was known as a wine connoisseur.
Surviving are a daughter, Jan L. Pepple, of Lancaster, Pa. and a son, Jack G. Sippel, companion of Gay Withers, Melbourne, Fl; two grandsons, Kevin Royer of Denver, Co., and Greg Royer, husband of Lisa Royer of Wrightsville, Pa. one granddaughter, Kayla Pepple of Lancaster; one great-grandson, Gage Royer; and two sisters, Barbara Hodges of Texas and Jean Gundry of Belleville, New Jersey. He was preceded in death by brothers, Sterling Sippel, Jay Sippel and David Sippel.
A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Sunday from 6:30 P.M. until the time of the service. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family in Conestoga Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bethany Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 25 N. West End Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603 or to the Schreiber Rehab Center, 625 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603.

Condolences for the family of “John “Jack” A. Sippel, Jr.”

Condolence from wayne craw on October 12th, 2012 12:45 pm

Jack I am sorry for your lose. I did not meet your dad but he seemed like a great father. Wayne and Dianne Craw

Condolence from Merri & Howie Beverly on October 12th, 2012 1:35 pm

We are so sorry to hear of your dad’s death, we are with you in thought and prayers. We love you!

Condolence from David & Torrey Tye on October 12th, 2012 1:57 pm


Sorry to hear that your father passed away. You will be in our thoughts.

David & Torrey

Condolence from Sherry Smith-Olmstead on October 14th, 2012 3:49 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Sippel’s passing. He was a mentor to me, helping me to enter the career of physical therapy. Through his generosity I was able to attend Franklin and Marshall then attend University of Penna to become a physical therapist. That was 40 years ago. I still am practicing part time as he suggested to me.
Your father is part of my story/journey in the field of PT. When people ask me how I got started I always mention his name. He had a rule that when you replaced pillowcases you made sure the opening of the case faced away from the door of the room!!! I still do that!
My prayers and thoughts are with you. He was a great man and will be missed. It was a great honor to know him.

Condolence from Patricia (Gaston) Dodson on October 15th, 2012 11:43 am

I had polio as a child and saw Jack for weekly therapy; first when Easter Seals was located behind the Lancaster Public Library, and then on Juliet Avenue. He always had a smile and would loving tease me throughout our sessions. I have in my possession a picture of the two of us, me (age 9) on the Elgin Table with Jack standing tableside. Years after my therapy had ceased, we met again on the street and I was pleasantly surprised that he remembered me. I will always think of him as a kind and giving man. I am sorry I did not see of his passing until today. My sincere sympathies to the family. ~Patti

Condolence from Mark Reitz on October 15th, 2012 10:41 pm

Dear Jan and Jack, my heart felt condolences on the death of your father. Your dad was an incredible influence on my life. I have had a wonderful career as a PT and business owner thanks to his insight and influence. I don’t know if you know that I stopped by to see him several years ago when my Dad was in the hospital after having open heart surgery. We had a great visit and I am so glad that I got the opportunity to thank him personally for the impact he had in my life. Jack, I hope you are well and enjoying life in Fla. Jan, I would love to see you again and have the chance to share some of the special memories I have of your Dad and Mom. You and your family have always had a special place in my heart and always will. Love, Mark

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