Wallace W. Lippy Jr., a longtime Carroll County farmer and founder of the Christian Farmers Outreach program, died Oct. 4 from sepsis at Sinai Hospital.
The lifelong Hampstead resident was 85.
The son of Wallace W. Lippy Sr. and Mary Ruth Shaffer, farmers, Wallace Wilson Lippy Jr. was born in the family farmhouse where he lived his entire life.
He was a member of the Class of 1949 at Hampstead School, which went through the 11th grade.
“The next year they switched to 12 grades, so he was in the last class that went through 11 grades at the school,” said a daughter, Heidi Lippy Sprinkle of Hampstead.
He attended the School of Agriculture at the University of Maryland and obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1953.
“His father said that he and his brothers could not farm until they earned their degrees from Maryland,” Mrs. Sprinkle said.
Mr. Lippy and his brothers farmed the family’s 400-acre farm for 41 years, raising corn, soybeans, small grains and various vegetable crops.
Mr. Lippy left active farming in 1987 when he and several fellow farmers founded Christian Farmers Outreach, an organization that shares the Gospel with fellow farmers and their communities.
The organization has outreach operations in 49 states and 97 countries, family members said, and its headquarters remains on the Lippy farm.
“He often said he no longer farmed crops; he farmed souls for Jesus,” his daughter said. “Yet, he could still be found walking the rows of corn and checking on the beans.”
Mr. Lippy also served with the local chapter of Gideon’s International and for several years served as its regional scripture coordinator.
He was also active in land preservation issues and was a past president of the Carroll Soil Conservation District.
He enjoyed traveling across country and fly fishing in the Snake River and hunting elk in New Mexico. He also went walleye fishing in Newfoundland, goose hunting on the Eastern Shore and deer hunting on his farm.
He was a member of Crosswind Church, 640 Lucabaugh Mill Road, Westminster, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday . A second service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Greater Grace Church, 6025 Moravia Park Drive, Baltimore.
Mr. Lippy attended both churches, as well as Trinity Assembly of God in Lutherville, family members said.
In addition to his daughter, Mr. Lippy is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Rosemary Howard; another daughter, Mary Lee Lippy of Hampstead; two brothers, T. Edward Lippy and Donald F. Libby, both of Hampstead; a sister, Betty Horner of Hampstead; and six grandchildren.
— Frederick N. Rasmussen