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Gerald J. Lipchik August 2, 1941 - January 14, 2023

Date of Funeral

January 19, 2023

Gerald J. Lipchik, age 81 of Springfield, Missouri passed away Saturday, January 14, 2023, in Springfield Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. He was born August 2, 1941, to his parents James and Helen (Garlik) Lipchik. On July 25, 1964, Jerry as he was fondly known, was united in marriage to Becky Schaffner.

Jerry was employed as Chief Bailiff for Madison County, Illinois courthouse for 25 years before retiring and moving to the Ozarks. He loved being outdoors, especially gardening and fishing. Jerry was also a very talented woodworker and musician who loved polkas, jazz and big band. He used song lyrics and titles to describe everything, making up his own verses to fit every situation. His musical talent and ability playing the accordion, piano and organ was remarkable. Jerry loved to laugh and joke in just about any situation. He found humor often and always had a smile to match his striking blue eyes. Jerry was a loving husband for 58 years, a supportive father and doting grandfather. For the past 10 years, Jerry enjoyed being a member of Ozark Presbyterian Church and also a member of the choir. Jerry will be sadly missed but his loving memory will live on forever in the hearts of his wonderful family and friends.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife Becky; daughter Patty Shemwell; three sons Jerry Lipchik, Jr. and wife Susan, Bob Lipchik and wife Elizabeth, Mike Lipchik and wife Alissa; eleven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; sister Kathy Calvert and husband Jim. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Jim.

Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. Thursday, January 19, 2023, in Ozark Presbyterian Church, Ozark, Missouri. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service and begin at 10:00A.M. Arrangements and services under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark, Missouri. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com


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    Diane Dettwiler says

    Becky, so very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. He is now at peace, no more suffering. I know have many wonderful memories tucked into your heart. Our Lord will be with you during this most difficult time.

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    Lisa Licameli says

    Very sorry you lost your sweetheart, Becky. Sending prayers and sympathy for you and your family.
    Lisa Licameli & family

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    Bill Shambro says

    I still remember you going to the Tri City Grocery to see the new stock boy. You and Jerry have had a great life. May he rest in peace.

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    Marie Loftus says

    Becky so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. May all your fond memories be with you each day. God be with you and your family as you continue on.

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    Linda (Stern) Buhr says

    So sorry for your loss. Jerry was a wonderful person and I know he will be missed. He is at peace now. My prayers are with him and your family.

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    Linda Buhr says

    So sorry for your loss. Remembering the good times will help keep you going. My prayers are with you and your family.

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    Donn Hornberger says

    Jerry was a great guy. I recall him working at Tri City Grocery in Venice.
    RIP. Always happy to have known him.

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