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William L. Clipp
June 3, 1936 ~ December 27, 2022 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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William L. Clipp, 86, of Elkhart, passed away Tuesday December 27, 2022, at Elkhart General Hospital. He was born June 3, 1936, in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and adopted by Howard W. & Thelma (Horn) Clipp.
He married the love of his life, Joan Johnson on October 1, 1966, in Elkhart, Indiana. She survives along with 1 son, Doug Clipp of Dayton, OH; 2 daughters, Donna Ledbetter of Dallas, TX, Barbara (Mike) Magyar of Fayetteville, NC and 3 grandchildren, Greg Felder, Stephanie Ledbetter, Matthew Magyar. Also surviving is a great-granddaughter, Kimberly Miller, a great- grandson Camron Magyar, a great-great-grandson, Jaxon Miller, and 1 sister, Linda Heist of El Paso, TX.
William was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter-in-law Tammy Clipp, 3 half-brothers, Charles, Larry and Donald Raugh and 1 half-sister Susan Perry.
William worked at Northern Indiana Brass Company (NIBCO) in the receiving department for 40 years, retiring in 1999. He was a 1955 graduate of Elkhart High School, was a professional Santa Claus for over 56 years, bringing joy and happiness to countless children. He also served in the Army Reserves, worked as a school bus monitor for Concord Schools for 16 years, and was a member of the Church of Christ since his youth.
Visitation will be held 2 hours prior to the 12-Noon funeral service Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at Willowdale Church of Christ. Officiating will be Minister Chris Reno and burial will follow in Prairie Street Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be given to the Willowdale Church of Christ.