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Funeral services for Don Whipple, 78 year old long time Buffalo resident who passed away early Friday morning at the Johnson County Health Care Center surrounded by his family, will be held Tuesday, November 20, at 2:00 p.m. from the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Buffalo with Father Doug Wassinger officiating. Visitation will be held from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel on Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery in Buffalo with graveside services to follow the funeral. A reception will immediately follow the graveside services in Onderdonk Hall. Donations in Don’s memory may be made to the Johnson County Library or the Casper Humane Society in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
Donald Lyle Whipple Jr. was born on June 15, 1934 in Rosebud, South Dakota to Donald and Mabel Whipple. He grew up and went to school in Rosebud and moved with his family to Lead, South Dakota where he graduated from Lead High School with the class of 1953. After high school he worked at various jobs and on August 20, 1960 he married Emily Lee in Lead, where they made their home. In 1970 they moved to Buffalo, Wyoming where Don worked at various restaurants in the area. He took a job with the Veteran’s Home of Wyoming where he worked as their dietary manager until he retired in 1996. After retirement Don and Emily continued living in Buffalo until the time of his death.
Don was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. He loved supporting his children and grandchildren in their athletic and music events. He was “Mr. Fix it” and could fix anything. Don was devoted to his Native American heritage and was especially proud to have been granted permission to have his own Eagle Feathers in the tradition of his people. He will be greatly missed and always loved.
He is survived by his wife Emily of Buffalo; two sons Tom Whipple of Pierre, South Dakota and Rob Whipple and his wife Michele of Cheyenne; one daughter, Jennifer Lompe and her husband Randall of Kaycee; one brother Doyle Whipple of Madras, Oregon; one sister Mary Jane Puthoff of Livermore, California and six grandchildren, Capt. Ryan Whipple, Jenna Whipple and Jonathon Whipple and Amber, Coulter and Elena Lompe.