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September 19th, 2019

louis ipsonROLLA – Louis (Sonny) Kyle Ipson, 93, died Feb. 2, 2017 at Villa Marie Assisted Living Facility in Mulvane. 

He was born April 16, 1923 to Earl R. and Beva (Bartley) Ipson in Elkhart.

After graduation from Rolla High School, he served in WWII as a tail gunner with the 8th Air Force B-24 bombing squadron based in Bedford, England – he is the last of his flight crew to pass.  Upon returning to Kansas, he worked for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company in Hugoton and Elkhart, then worked in the U.S. Post Office in Liberal, Kansas, finally returning to Rolla as the postmaster.

Survivors include children, Donald Ipson, Baton Rouge, La., and Margo Ipson Latiolais, Lafayette, La.; brother, Howard Ipson, El Paso, Texas; sister, Eileen Firmin, Mesquite, Texas; four stepchildren: Mark Comes and wife, Julie, Derby, Debbie Comes, Derby, Jennifer Comes, Wichita, and Linda Hodges, Boise, Idaho; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren; a host of Ipson/Hull/Clinesmith/Bartley nephews, nieces and cousins; and his pet, Missy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Richard; wives: Dorothy, Margaret, and Peggy; brother, Roger Ipson; sister, Earlene Ipson Williams; nephews, Philip Firmin and Ted Ipson; and stepson, Steven Comes.

• Louis donated his remains to the University of Kansas Medical School for research. 

Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at Rolla Cemetery in Rolla, with Reverend Shella Choi presiding with military graveside rites. 

Memorials are suggested to the WWII Veterans Honor Flight, Rolla Lions Club, or the Humane Society in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, KS 67950. 

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