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Gary Lippold

Gary Lippold
Long-time businessman, community supporter remembered
F.Ganje - September 12, 2017

STURGIS, SD – He’s remembered as a good friend and Sturgis community supporter.  Those who knew Gary Lippold appreciated his penchant for finding solutions where no one else could and his loyalty to those who worked for and with him.

The Sturgis resident and businessman passed away Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, following a hard fought battle with cancer.  According to long-time friend and business associate Bob Davis, these finals days were shared with family and friends.

“He had a tremendous number of friends come through to say their good-bye’s at the Lippold Hospice Unit,” shares Davis. “We were so happy that we could get Gary there for his last, few days. It was such a blessing for his family.”

Since moving to Sturgis from his home state of Texas in 1982, Lippold was a mover and shaker in the community, the state and the region.  As a co-owner of one of the first organized and managed rally-related campgrounds, close friend and business colleague Francie Ruebel-Alberts  remembers his commitment to developing the means through which to bring a greater return to Sturgis citizens from the annual Sturgis Rally.

“Gary was among those people in the community who worked on issues and solutions as it related to the Rally,” she recalls.  “That was my first experience working with him.”  She continues, “After the Rally in 1990, the Mayor asked the Jackpine Gypsies to get a group of people together. We held a meeting and Gary was in attendance. That eventually developed into the formation of Sturgis Rally & Races, Inc. Gary was the first president of it and really did much of the leg-work to get it set up and running. He did so much to improve the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and develop ways to return more money from the event to residents of the community.”

While the light of a real visionary may be extinguished, the contributions and relationships that were the result of Lippold’s time on this earth will long be remembered.

“Gary was a very kind person, a very giving person,” says Davis.   “He seldom had a bad word to say about anybody.” He added, “ He  always wanted to be active in helping somebody; putting together a fundraiser for the rural fire departments or for a family who had medical needs, his work with the hospice unit - these are things that just came to him naturally. He just wanted to help people.”

Providing the lead gift to get the Sturgis Hospice Suite built, it is named after his parents Wayne and Janet Lippold.

Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis is the location for visitation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September  14, 2017.  Services are set at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 15, in the theater at the Sturgis Community Center.



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