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Arthur A. Sipes


Services for Arthur A. Sipes, a retired personnel manager, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

A Parkville resident for six years, Mr. Sipes died Thursday of cancer at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 64.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Sipes was orphaned when he was 6 years old. He was taken in by the Buckingham School in Buckeystown, which raised poor or orphaned children.

When he was 16, the school closed and he volunteered for Merchant Marine duty. He served during World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific.

In the late 1940s, he began working as a boilerman for the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.

He also went back to school in his adult years, receiving a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore in 1964, a master's degree in education from Loyola College in 1970, and another master's in 1972 from Johns Hopkins University, where he studied psychology.

Mr. Sipes retired from BG&E; in 1979 as a safety instructor. He then went to work as a personnel manager for Noxell Corp, retiring in February.

Mr. Sipes had served on the boards of directors of the Woodbourne School and the Baltimore area American Heart Association. He also was a member of the Parkville American Legion Post and the Hiram Masonic lodge.

In 1983, he started an antiques and collectibles business with his companion of 10 years, Jean Plummer.

The two bought and sold at flea markets in the Baltimore area until Mr. Sipes was hospitalized in April.

Besides Ms. Plummer, he is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Cassell of Lutherville; his wife, with whom he had not lived for many years, Ida Sipes of Lutherville; and his sister, Betty Lane of Pasadena.

The family suggested donations to the University of Maryland Cancer Center, 22 Greene St., Baltimore 21201, and the American Heart Association, 415 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21202.

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