The memorial service for Michael Wipf will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at Walker Funeral Home.
Michael James Wipf, 70, of Gillette, formerly of Rapid City, South Dakota, died Oct. 5, 2019, at his home.
Michael was born first of five children, on Oct. 2, 1949, to Joseph J. Wipf and Delores (Morrison) Wipf in Huron, South Dakota.
Michael graduated from Central High School in Rapid City in 1968. He married Linda Kay Wirshing June 7, 1969, in Rapid City, South Dakota. The couple had four children and had recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary surrounded by many friends and family.
Michael started working for Burlington Northern Railroad in 1973, then took the buy-off in 1991 to pursue his dream of working with wood. He and his wife ran Little Furniture and Things until he took a job with Powder River Transportation in 2002. He loved taking miners to and from the mines. He also took great pleasure in driving school kids to their games out of town, and chartering tourists to Yellowstone National Park. He retired from Powder River Transportation in 2014, but continued to work part-time until his passing.
He loved talking about God to anyone who would listen. He loved to ride his Harley, and said he was just needing some oxygen. He would often take his dogs to the park to run, which gave him some time to talk to God or just soak in the sunshine. He especially loved family gatherings.
Survivors include his parents Joseph J. Wipf and Delores (Morrison) Wipf of Rapid City, South Dakota; wife, Linda Wipf, of Gillette Wyoming; daughters Julie (Gary) Haptonstall of Douglas, Wyoming; Windie Curtis, Jammie Walker; and son, Travis Wipf, all of Gillette, Wyoming; siblings David (Lisa) Wipf of Rapid City, South Dakota; Peggy (Gerrit) Gaulke of Gillette, Wyoming, Diane (Chris) Walla of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Scott (Trish) Wipf of Venice, Florida; as well as eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jackson William Walker; infant son of Jammie and Justin Walker.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in Michael’s name in care Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.walkerfuneralgillette.com.