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John "Jack" Lipke
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Birth: Oct. 24, 1898, Germany
Death: May 13, 1954
Syracuse
Onondaga County
New York, USA

Born Johann Lipke in Czattkau, Kreis Dirschau, West Prussia, in the German Empire (today, Czatkowy, near Tczew, Poland), Jack's native language was German. He emigrated to the U.S. as a child, age 6 years, with his family in late 1904 on the S.S. Chemnitz sailing from Bremen to New York City. His family immediately settled in Syracuse, then around 1909 moved to their farm in North Syracuse (south of today's Taft Road, near Kreischer Road and Church Street). He became a U.S. citizen on 22 April 1916 at the age of 17 on his father's naturalization certificate.

Under the name of John C. Lipkey, Jr., Jack served (as a sergeant?) with the U.S. Army during World War I. He did not want to fight against his "German cousins," but he did not shirk his duty to his adopted homeland and, like his older brother Frank, answered its call. He enlisted at Camp Syracuse on 26 September 1917 at the age of 18 years. He served with Co. H, 38th Infantry, with the Statistical Section, 39th Infantry, and with Battery B, 77th Field Artillery Regiment until his honorable discharge on 5 August 1919. He served overseas from 10 May 1918 to 29 July 1919 and spent some time in a German prison camp where he was severely wounded by the Germans who attempted to kill all the prisoners as the U.S. Army approached to rescue them. Fortunately Jack recovered from his wounds. After the war he returned home to Syracuse.

Jack had a first marriage with a woman named Iola that didn't work out and they were divorced. Then he married Luella Mae Hawkey Chapman around 1942, who had been previously married to Delbert Edmund Chapman, and had a daughter, Barbara Chapman. In addition to raising Barbara together, Jack and Luella had a son, Thomas John ("Tommy") Lipke. In 1949 they bought property on Church Street in North Syracuse and built their home there near his brother Tony's family.

Jack Lipke worked as a machinist at the Owen Dyneto plant on Wolf Street in Syracuse. The plant was bought by Electric Auto-Lite in 1934, but to the family it was always known as "Owen Die-neeto." According to his obituaries, Jack worked as an employee of the Battery Division of the Auto-Lite Corp. for 20 years. He was known as a very hard worker who, in his free time, was always going somewhere or doing something, including gardening, fishing (and keeping his friends and family well supplied with fish), or spending time with family and friends. He never went hunting, however, because he was a "softie" who could not bear to kill an animal. He loved the family Pomeranian dogs, Suzy and her son, Sandy.

Jack was a good-hearted, loving family man. He was always willing to lend a hand to friends in need, including helping to build or fix up houses or help put a roof on a barn. His gardens were immaculate and weedless. He was close to his brother, Tony, and shared many projects with him, including raising strawberries and selling them along Church Street in North Syracuse.

Jack died of a heart attack at the Mattydale Inn on old LeMoyne Avenue near Wolf Street in Syracuse at the age of 55 years, 6 months, and 19 days. He was buried at Assumption Cemetery on 17 May 1954, Rev. J. McCarthy officiating.
 
 
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 Parents:
  John Lipke (1867 - 1926)
  Elizabeth M. Kraft Denka (1875 - 1954)
 
 Spouse:
  Luella Mae Hawkey Lipke (1918 - 1992)
 
 Children:
  Thomas John Lipke (1945 - 1975)*
 
 Siblings:
  Frank Mickels Lipke (1894 - 1970)*
  Helen Elizabeth Lipke Poehlman (1896 - 1983)*
  Anna Theresa Lipke Caine (1897 - 1937)*
  John Lipke (1898 - 1954)
  Anthony August Lipke (1907 - 1993)*
  Leonard Joseph Lipke (1912 - 1958)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Assumption Cemetery and Mausoleum
Syracuse
Onondaga County
New York, USA
 
Created by: Memories of You
Record added: Mar 17, 2009
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