Funeral services for Judith Whitepipe were held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Berean Church in Gregory with Pastor Frank McMillen officiating.
Music was provided by the congregation, accompanied by Janeen Hlavka, pianist and Carolee Cavanaugh was in charge of registration.
Casket bearers were Brad Kahler, Jeff Opperman, Greg Thomas, Melvin Vosika, Anthony Middlesworth and Clay Lundberg.
Burial was in the Hillview Cemetery in Dallas. Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Judith K. (Leonard) Whitepipe was born on February 4, 1944 to John and Sylvia (Micanek) Leonard, Sr. in Burke.
Judie, as most people knew her, grew up on a farm southeast of Lucas. She went to elementary school at the Leonard School one-room schoolhouse near Lucas. She attended high school in Burke until she met her first husband, Richard Crouch, who convinced her to elope and move away with him. To this union one son was born, Judie’s oldest child, Tim.
After her divorce, she moved back home and graduated from Gregory High School. She moved to Mitchell after graduation and completed nurses’ training as a licensed practical nurse from the Methodist Hospital in Mitchell. While living in Mitchell, Judie had her second child, her oldest daughter, Carrie.
Judie then moved back to Gregory and started her long career as an LPN at the Rosebud Nursing Home. Upon her return, she met her second husband, Elmer Whitepipe. They were married on January 23, 1971. With Elmer, Judie had her third child, Suzanne.
In 1987, Judie and Elmer took in their grandchildren, Jennifer and John, and raised them as their own children. They raised their family in Gregory until they moved to Dallas in 1990. Judie lived in their home until her health made her move to an apartment in Gregory in 2015.
Judie was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in July of 1996, which caused her to retire from nursing that year after 25 years of working at the Rosebud Nursing Home. Once she got her health stabilized, she did a great deal of volunteering, including at the school, at church, and at the Wear ‘N Wears Thrift Store. She also worked as the Dallas City Finance Officer for many years.
She was a member of the Berean Fundamentalist Church in Gregory from the time she and Elmer got married until the day of her death. She attended Bible study regularly, and she enjoyed playing cards and taking shopping trips with her friends.
Judie enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
She died on September 1, 2018 after a long struggle with congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy.
Judie is survived by her daughters, Carrie (Jeff) Howard of Woonsocket, Suzanne (Jim) Kahler of Plankinton, and Jennifer (Jason) Knight of Three Rivers, MI; her son, John Crouch of Constantine, MI; her grandchildren, Erica and Blake Howard, Stella, Harley, and Jayden Kahler, Hunter Vosika, Savanna Crouch, and Bre Anna Crouch; her brother, John (Cheryl) Leonard, Jr.; her sisters-in-law, Lillian Middlesworth and Gayle Whitepipe; her brothers-in-law, Gary Whitepipe and Bryan Whitepipe; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer; her mother and father-in-law, Lorraine and Charles Whitepipe, Sr.; her brothers-in-law, Wayne Middlesworth and Charles Whitepipe, Jr., and her son, Tim.