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January 23, 1957 ~ October 21, 2023 (age 66) 66 Years Old
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Bruce Harry Sippel passed away October 21, 2023 doing what he loved, helping with harvest at a cousin's farm.
Services for Bruce Sippel, 66, of Groton will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 26th at St. John's Lutheran Church, Groton. Rev. Jeremy Yeadon will officiate. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Groton under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton. Services will be broadcast live on GDILIVE.COM and will also be broadcast on GDIRADIO at 89.3 FM, available within 1 mile of Groton.
Visitation will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Wednesday, October 25th from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service to follow at 7:00 p.m.
Bruce Harry Sippel was born on January 23, 1957, the only child of Harry Albert and Lorraine Mae (Johnson) Sippel in Aberdeen. Bruce attended school in Groton, graduating in 1975. He furthered his education at the Tech School in Wahpeton, ND, earning a degree in Auto Mechanics. On April 12, 1980 he was united in marriage to his forever love, Victoria Luce and together they were blessed with 4 children. They raised their children together on his childhood homestead. Bruce worked for several places over the years, including Trail Chevrolet, Darrel’s Sinclair and farming with Lee Thompson and Pharis Farms. He later hauled gravel for Hanlon Brothers and had just retired in early October from Agtegra (formerly Wheat Growers) where he had been a semi-driver for 16 years.
Bruce was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, James Valley Threshing Association and the James Valley Tractor Club. He was active on the Fireman’s Board, where he served as Secretary, Grain Bin Rescue Team at Agtegra and the Township Board. His loved spending time with his grandchildren, anything involving tractors, driving semi and visiting with everyone--he never met a stranger!
Celebrating his life is his wife of 43 years, Vickie, children, Emily (Jesse) Wolff of Mankato, MN, Felicia (James) Ethridge of Redfield, SD, Adam (Bailey) Sippel of Groton, SD, six grandchildren: Michael, Kaylee and Claire Wolff, Jaxon, Haven and Natalie Ethridge and several fur-grandbabies. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Steve (Teresa) Luce of Powder Springs, GA, sister-in-law Kathy (Bryan) Evjen of Strandburg, SD, sister-in-law, Sherrie (Dean) VanZee of St. Lawrence, SD and many close friends and relatives.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his daughter, Lisa Sippel, his close friend and cousin, Marty Sippel, his brother-in-law, John Luce and many aunts and uncles.
Honorary Casketbearers will be members of the James Valley Tractor Club and James Valley Threshing Association.
Casketbearers will be Marc Sippel, Anthony Sippel, Craig Weber, Dean VanZee, Jerome Akin and Shaun Rickett.