John Edward Hipley, a retired machinist and avid gardener, died Saturday of lung cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 84.
A lifelong Kingsville native and resident, Mr. Hipley was educated in Baltimore County public schools.
He went to work in the 1940s at the Koppers Co. and later became a machinist and tool grinder. He retired in 1983.
Mr. Hipley served in the Air Force from 1946 to 1947 and participated in the postwar occupation of Japan. He was discharged with the rank of sergeant.
He was a member of the Parkville post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
"Growing vegetables was the biggest pleasure of his life," said his daughter, Melody A. Manuel of Bel Air. "He grew tomatoes, corn and squash, and sold them from a stand in front of his house on New Cut Road."
Mr. Hipley was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 12022 Jerusalem Road, Kingsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.
Also surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Ethel M. Unkart; two brothers, Melvin Hipley of Bradshaw and David Hipley of Jarrettsville; a sister, Mae Fridley of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; and a grandson. Another daughter, Linda Lutman, died in 2007.
Frederick N. Rasmussen