|Birth: ||Feb. 12, 1933|
|Death: ||Jan. 21, 2014|
Eugene W. Hippler, 81, a resident of Bettendorf, died January 21, 2014 at ManorCare Utica Ridge, Davenport after a brief illness. Following his wishes, the rite of cremation has been accorded.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Gene will be celebrated at 10:30 am Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Saint John Vianney Catholic Church, 4097 18th Street in Bettendorf. There will be a private burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. The family will greet friends on Friday from 4:00 until 7:00 pm at the Halligan – McCabe – DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, downtown Davenport. There will be an additional visitation on Saturday in the church's gathering area from 10:00 until service time.
Eugene William Hippler was born in Sterling, Illinois on February 12, 1933, a son of Paul and Ellen (Dougherty) Hippler. He grew up in Davenport. He attended St. Paul the Apostle Catholic grade school and St. Ambrose Academy, graduating in the class of 1950. He then attended Marquette University and the University of Iowa where he was a member of Theta Xi Fraternity. He graduated from St. Ambrose College with an academic background in English and Journalism. He completed some graduate work at the University of Iowa.
Gene started his career as a writer for the former Times Democrat. It was there that he met his wife of 49 years, Polly Ann Nelson. He and Polly were united in marriage on June 6, 1959 and together they shared love and lots of laughs. In 1963, he was hired by Deere & Company as a copywriter. In November 1984 he was appointed Manager, Lawn & Grounds Care Advertising. During his career, he played a key role in establishing the direction and character of the national advertising campaign for Lawn & Grounds Care products. Eugene's creative influence brought a tone of humor and warmth which became a well-known characteristic of John Deere lawn care advertisements. Many of the ads were nationally recognized for their originality and creativity. He retired from Deere & Company in 1994 after more than 31 years of service.
Eugene loved his community, serving with many local organizations. He volunteered for the Parish Council at his former parish, St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Davenport. He served on the Bettendorf School Board in the 1970's and on the board of the Maternal Health Center. He was a past member of the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club and the Outing Club. He and Polly greatly enjoyed traveling and they had many friends.
Gene cherished his family and his friends. He was extremely proud of his daughters, his son-in-law, and his grandchildren. He felt happy and lucky to be Irish, and was a devoted fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. John Vianney Catholic Church or St. Anthony's Care and Share.
He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Gretchen (David) Mills, Moline, and Dr. Susan Hippler, Houston, TX; three grandchildren, Stephanie Mills, Chicago, Andrea Mills, Greencastle, IN, and Peter Dougherty Mills, Moline; sister-in-law Gay Fahrner, Santa Rosa, CA; stepbrothers John Nolan, Port Byron, IL; Roger Nolan Jr., Bettendorf; David Nolan, St. Paul, MN; Tom Nolan, Des Moines, IA; stepsister Mary Otten, Mason City, IA; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his wife Polly, who died on August 8, 2008, Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, his brother James Hippler, his stepfather Roger Nolan, and many special aunts. May they rest in peace.
Paul L Hippler (1904 - 1971)
Ellen Dougherty Hippler Nolan (1905 - 1986)
Polly A. Nelson Hippler (1935 - 2008)
Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery
Created by: Ken Nagel
Record added: Jan 23, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 124006420
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