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Lynn Alan Ipsen

January 15, 2013


Lynn Alan Ipsen



Lynn Alan Ipsen passed away Dec. 30. 2012 at home at the age of 68 following a battle with cancer. He is now at rest with our Lord.

Earlier this summer, he wrote: 

“I was born in 1944, had polio at age three, but recovered remarkably well. In 1950 my family moved to Rovana where dad became the principal of the Round Valley School. I lived in Rovana from first through ninth grades, learning to fish Pine ‘Crick,’ and playing all sports. I made pocket change catching and selling live grasshoppers to a pair of the village fisherwomen. 

“My life was greatly affected by the heart attack my father suffered at age 39. I was about 12, my mother was a house wife and I was the oldest child. A neighbor friend of mine had his father die of a heart attack just two months earlier. I worried I was going to have to support my family. As a result of this I lived my life in reverse. My teenage years were serious and anything but wild.

“In 1959 the family moved to San Diego, where I finished up high school. My parents bought a fresh juice company and I worked with them to make the business survive. Pay was room and board at home, plus a very small salary. The salary, however, turned out to be easy to save, because of working six days per week and long hours.

“During this time, my brother was struck by a condition caused by a flu shot, that left him paralyzed from the chin down. I was so shaken by his condition that I prayed to a God I didn’t know. I hadn’t become a Christian at that time. He recovered, after setting a hospital record for length of time in the intensive care unit (nine months.)”

The business moved to Monrovia, where Lynn lived. Lynn worked many successful years in the family business. He met (in his words) “the love of his life, Bonnie” and married March 30, 1996. Lynn wanted to spend his retirement years in Bishop, so they moved and soon after he began working at Joann Stoltz Tax and Business Service for several years. Both careers ended in making many life-long friendships. 

Lynn and Bonnie began attending the First Presbyterian Church. He liked Pastor Dan Willson because he wore jeans and cowboy boots! When an Alpha program began, they both attended and learned the true meaning of being a Christian is believing and claiming that Jesus is our personal savior and walking in Jesus’ footsteps. Lynn became a church member, was baptized and spent his remaining years serving his church. 

Lynn loved to fish, do wood working, kayak, take walks and hikes with Bonnie and “Foxie,” tend his garden and home, explore the Sierra and search for wildlife and birds with his buddies on ATVs. He enjoyed the Men’s Bible study and made permanent friendships for life. He and Bonnie also loved country dancing with a group of friends.  He was an honest, humble and kind man with a wit for humor, a brilliant mind, forgiving heart and kind word for everyone. His faith in God shined as an example to all as he spend the last year-and-a-half fighting cancer while never losing hope or faith. He was the best ever loving husband, son, stepfather, brother and brother-in-law, uncle, grandpa and friend. He was a man that people would say, “You just can’t say enough good things about him.”

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; mother-in-law, Della Crenshaw; sister, Mignon Lingwall; brother, Kemp Ipsen and wife, Maria Elena Ipsen; loving stepsons, Andy Pettis and Arlene Garcia, Eric Pettis and wife Julie; two wonderful grandchildren, Gabriel and Zilah Pettis; sisters-in-law, Pattie Crenshaw and husband Glenn Lillibridge, Elaine Helm and husband Neil; three nephews, Matt Ipsen and wife Lexie, Brandon Lingwall and Chris Helm; three nieces, Shannon Lingwall, Ashley Lingwall and fiancee Robbie Bills and Melissa Helm; two great-nephews, Colton Ipsen and Tyler Lingwall; cousins and many, many friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray Wendell Ipsen and Charlotte Kemp Ipsen. 

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bishop. Pastor Peter Thomsen and Fred Weatherly will officiate.

In lieu of flowers or plants, donations may be given in his honor to the First Presbyterian Church in Bishop, or the Hospice of the Owens Valley, 155 Pioneer Ln., Bishop, CA 93514.

A second memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, with burial to follow.

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