Jack E. Tipton, 89, of Billings, who had worked for the city of Billings public utilities department, died Nov. 22, 2012.
He was born Aug. 20, 1923, in Burlington, Kan., the son of Nelton and Montra Tipton. He moved to Columbus at an early age and was raised by his mother and stepfather, Montra and Jens C. Jensen. He graduated from Columbus High School in 1943.
Mr. Tipton entered the Army in June 1943, serving in the Pacific Theater, including the Philippines and occupied Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned to Columbus.
He married Barbara Nickelson on Aug. 5, 1951, at her family home south of Livingston and moved to Billings.
He attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering and worked for several Billings companies, including Midland Implement, Billings Hardware and Winter Hardware, before joining the public utilities department, where he worked in drafting and engineering. He retired in 1989.
Mr. Tipton was a longtime member of Ashlar Masonic Lodge, where he was elected Worshipful Master and served for many years as secretary. He was a member of First Congregational Church.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years; six daughters, Connie Snyder of Billings, Susan Gallemore of Durango, Colo., Nancy Lee of Oakland, Calif., Carol Miller of Billings, Judy Killen of Powell, Wyo., and Peggy Adams of Boise, Idaho; and 10 grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, followed by graveside services with military and Masonic honors in the Masonic section of Sunset Memorial Gardens. A reception will be held at the Shrine Auditorium, 1125 Broadwater Ave., after the graveside service.
Memorials may be made to the Masonic Scholarship Fund or the Shriners Children’s Hospital Travel Fund.