Robert E. Lipp

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Robert Everett Lipp, “Bob” went home to the Lord on January 11, 2024, at the age of 82 in his hometown of Oakton, Virginia. Bob was the beloved husband of Inge Lipp for 23 years; loving father to Christopher Lipp (Molly) and Alyssa Lipp Leimberger (Mark); stepfather to Nicole Tam (Russell); and a really fun grandfather (aka Pops) to Ben Leimberger, Ellie Leimberger, Ethan Lipp, Megan Lipp, Lauren Tam and Ashley Tam. He was predeceased by his first wife of 27 years Patricia Benton Lipp and his parents Everett Hale Lipp and Laverna Marie Lambert Lipp. He is also survived by his two brothers and lifelong best friends, David Lipp (Kim) and Daniel Lipp (Cheryl), along with four very special nieces and a nephew, Annette Lipp, Lynette Lipp McBride (Jim), Sarah Lipp, Dana Lipp Peele (Jason) and Tim Lipp (Beth).

Bob was born June 7, 1941, and was nicknamed “the little president” because he was born in Washington D.C. He grew up in a Christian home and loved the Lord from an early age. In high school, he developed his love for playing the piano and trumpet. At age 14, his lifelong passion for amateur (ham) radio began when he received his first amateur radio license from the Federal Communications Commission. He loved being a ham radio operator and thought of it as both a hobby and service that brought people, electronics, and communication together. His house in Oakton is known for the 75-foot antenna tower he installed to maximize his capabilities to communicate with others.. Using his skills, he was able to help connect people across the world during many natural disasters and emergency situations. His ham radio call signs for most of his life were K4MJO and W4LIP.

After graduating from Falls Church High School in 1959, Bob first attended Furman University and then transferred to Virginia Tech where he earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1964. He had a passion for the Hokies from that point forward. He later earned a master’s degree in engineering administration from George Washington University in 1979. He had an accomplished career in the telecommunications industry and worked at several companies including Western Union, Scope Electronics, Federal Defense Communications Agency, Sprint, Alcatel and SAIC. He believed to be successful you have to take risks and not be afraid to accept difficult tasks others might avoid. He often said what a great life he had lived, and that he reaped the benefits of never giving up. He retired after 41 years in the engineering field.

To know Bob was to know how much he loved his family and how proud he was of each of his children and grandchildren. He loved to tell stories and had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed traveling and some of the trips he enjoyed most were to Sweden (with his brothers and their wives to explore their Swedish heritage), Bora Bora, Israel, Australia, Alaska, Iowa, and the annual Dayton ham radio fest. Although he liked exploring new places, his two favorite places in the world were Deep Creek Lake and his backyard pool in Oakton where he would lounge while reading the newspaper. His favorite things to do were spending time with family, boating on the lake, pinball, ping pong, flying drones and tinkering with just about anything. A true engineer, Bob had an uncanny ability to work on and repair just about anything that was electrical or mechanical and was an early adapter for all types of technology.

The Celebration of Life for Robert Lipp will be held Saturday, January 20th at 10am at Columbia Baptist Church, 103 W. Columbia St Falls Church, Virginia (Parking available across Columbia St.) Family and friends are invited to a reception immediately following. Burial will follow the reception at 1pm at National Memorial Park, 7482 Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Africa Freedom Mission, PO Box 2461, Summerville, SC 29484. Subject line: Robert Lipp Memorial Fund (Robert Lipp Memorial Fund) OR the Columbia Baptist Church – Building Fund


Service: January 20, 2024 10:00 am

Columbia Baptist Chruch
103 W Columbia St
Falls Church, VA 22046

(703) 534-5700

Final Resting Place: January 20, 2024 12:00 am

National Memorial Park
7482 Lee Highway
Falls Church, VA 22042


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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Robert E. Lipp 's name.

Africa Freedom Mission

PO Box 246


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  1. May God bless Bob in Heaven, may God bless Bob’s wonderful family that I’m grateful beyond measure to know, and may God bless the legacy that Bob has left behind him through the love, wit, intelligence, and hard work ethic that God equipped him with and that Bob used so faithfully to serve and bless others.

  2. I am saddened at the homegoing of my Uncle Bob. Bob and my dad, David A Lipp, were brothers and also the best of friends. These two chose to establish their family homes only a mile apart their entire lives … so this relocation will be a tough one for us all. I so enjoyed Bob, known for his stories, helpful remedies, and a healthy dosing of good humor. He had a fabulous engineering mind and he always helped to problem solve. But even when he couldn’t fix something, he was willing to give it the “ole Uncle Bob try” – which usually involved unconventional (and perhaps controversial) methods and always a few jokes and personal stories of former mishaps and disasters. I loved my Uncle Bob.

    “Now we do not want you to be uninformed, believers, about those who are asleep [in death], so that you will not grieve [for them] as the others do who have no hope [beyond this present life]. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again [as in fact He did], even so God [in this same way–by raising them from the dead] will bring with Him those [believers] who have fallen asleep in Jesus.” IThessalonians 4:13-14 AMP

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