Frederick Neal Gipe, 79 of Owensboro, Ky. died at 4:20pm. Tuesday January 17, 2006 at the Carmel Home. Fred was born on June 4, 1926 in Daviess County, Ky. He was a December 1943 graduate and valedictorian at Owensboro High School. He entered the Armyin 1944 and was in the Army Specialized Training Program. While in the program he received specialized training in the combat engineers advanced program. During this time he attended Indiana University and Oregon State University. After his service in the Army, Fred returned to Owensboro and entered his father's business, Gipe Motor Supply. Fred devoted his entire professional career to the company. In 1985, Fred aligned Gipe Automotive with Federated Automotive Distributors, a national marketing association for independent automotive distributors. He served on the purchase committee, the board of governors and the executive committee until his retirement in 2001. Fred served as chairman of the United Way of Owensboro in 1968. He was active in Rotary and the All-American Club of Kentucky Wesleyan College and was a member of First Christian Church. Fred was a gentleman farmer and loved his time outdoors taking care of his garden and riding his tractor. He loved cookingFred was a deer camp gourmet, shopping at the farmers market and getting bargains on bulk buys. He loved dogs, feeding and watching birds on his deck and singing. He was a licensed airplane pilot with instrument rating. Fred was an avid boater also. Fred's greatest pleasure was spending time at Gipe Automotive with all the friends he had made over the years. He was preceded in death by his parents, T.E. and Louise Pierce Gipe; a sister, Martha Riggs; and a brother, Douglas Luther Gipe. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Gipe Daic and her husband, Lloyd, of Hawaii; two sons, Thomas H. Gipe and his wife, MayMay, and Dr. Patrick B. Gipe, all of Owensboro; two grandchildren, Alex Gipe of Lexington, and Michelle Gipe Allen and her husband, Bart, of Spotsville; and a brother, Donald Edward Gipe of Owensboro. Fred was blessed with many friends, especially Margie, Wanda, Pearl and all the staff at the Carmel Home. Services are at 11am. Saturday at Haley-McGinnis Funeral Home chapel in Owensboro, with the Rev. Philip J. Curran officiating. Visitation is from 2 to 7pm. Friday and 9:30 to 11am. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Carmel Home, 250l Old Hartford Road, Owensboro, Ky. 42303.

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  1. Patrick, Patty and Tom: Some of the family are not going to be able to come in and asked me to pass on to you their love and sympathy.Sincerely DON & Family

  2. TOM we all at woodbury are so sorry for your loss.fred was one of my best friends in federated i will miss him. he always made our meeting very funny. i will always remember fred for his enthusiasm and funny and your family will be in our prays.g

  3. Fred and I were life-long friends. We went to high school together, served in the military at the same time although not together, we were pals throughout the post-war period, and although I left Owensboro after college, we remained close and communicate

  4. Donald, I’m sure you don’t remember me but I worked for Gipe Motor Supply many years age. You were just a youngster then just graduating from high school and entering Murray State. I assume you finished there and joined the family busines.

  5. We’re all very sorry for your loss.Fred will truly be missed.I’ll always remember the great times we had together and the way he could make an impression…

  6. Don and family, We are sorry to read of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love & God Bless,
    Andy & Wanda

  7. Don and Tom,
    I’m sorry for the loss of your brother and your dad. I’ll be thinking of and praying for all of you during this time.

  8. We are very sorry for your loss. Fred was one of the first people we got to know when we joined Federated in 1986. His sense of humor and workingman insights into our business were always delivered right on time just when they were needed. We most fondly

  9. Just a note to all to say I’m really sorry about the death of your Dad. He was really a fine man.
    May God bless each of you.

  10. To the Gipe Family : Fred Gipe was a proffesional in every sense of the word. I have tremendous respect for the way he handled all sales transactions with my companies. I am positive that he was the same in his personal life. He will be missed

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