David Alan Chipman

David A. Chipman of Lawrence, KS, passed away on February 9, 2019 after a lengthy illness.

David was born on June 12, 1948, at Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge, Massachusetts. He was born to Oliver G. and Winnifred (Fish) Chipman, both of whom proceeded him in death.

David leaves two sons, Andrew (Jennifer) Chipman of Appleton, Wisconsin and Christopher Chipman of Raleigh, North Carolina. He also leaves a brother, Brian Chipman of Florence, AZ, and an ex-wife Margaret Chipman of Lawrence. David also leaves 4 granddaughters, Elleson, Finley, Claire and Margo.

David lived his first 13 years in Southbridge, Massachusetts before moving to Overland Park, Kansas graduating from Shawnee Mission West High School in 1966. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1970. He received a Masters Degree from Kansas University in 2001.

Dave’s interests included bridge, traveling, writing, fantasy baseball and coffee. He was an avid bridge player and attained a Gold Life Master ranking. He was heavily involved in the Kaw Valley Bridge Club.

He realized a lifelong dream by traveling overseas (by freighter) to visit Italy and Istanbul.

He spent countless hours enjoying coffee at several local coffee houses, his favorite being Java Break.

Dave’s family would like to thank all that were part of his life. In addition, we wish to thank the people at Great Lakes Caring Home and Hospice and Brandon Woods at Alvamar for their help.

Friends are invited to a reception honoring Dave’s life on Sunday, February 17th from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Kaw Valley Bridge Club, 1025 N 3rd St #120, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Scott Pusich...

Dave was the first friend I made when I arrived in Lawrence in 1993 to attend KU, and while we weren’t always reading from the same page philosophically, we did enjoy each other’s company, and he was always ready to talk about anything that crossed our minds: politics, sports, academics, culture, everything really. He taught me a good deal about life–lessons I didn’t get growing up, in fact. He was just old enough to be my father, but he always considered me a peer and a fellow seeker of knowledge, and I greatly appreciated that. He enriched my life as a result. I hope I returned the favor at least a little bit during my years in Lawrence.

On a lighter note, Dave always enjoyed talking about baseball, and when he found out I was a Dodgers fan, he enjoyed ribbing me about it when they fell short of the World Series multiple times in the 1990s and 2000s. So perhaps it was appropriate that the past two years have seen the Astros and then the Red Sox beat the Dodgers in the World Series. I imagine he was happy to see the Royals and Cubs win the two years before that as well.

Dave was a gentleman and a scholar, a geographer and a poet, a polymath and an artist. Rest in Peace, friend!

From Jett Elmer...

Dave, you are the only person I know to whom I would commit to read a 693-page book, which I had never heard of, totally upon your personal recommendation. As I read on, I miss you 😘

From Eric West...

Dave was the first friend I had who taught me to appreciate literature. This one gift to me, although he gave me many others, is so enormous that even though my mind tells me his obituary is well written and a good one, it just feels like sand to me. He was a fine human being with a warm heart, in such seemingly short supply these days. God grant me many opportunities to pass this gift on to others, lest it be enjoyed by too few. Peace to all who felt joy in knowing him or feel sadness in the disappearance of his body here on earth.

From Addie Hanna...

What a dear man. He was so kind to me when I needed encouragent. Your hats were the best. I’ll miss seeing you smartly dressed in your toppers . Rest in peace.

From Matt Fowler...

I considered Dave to be the Robert Frost of Lawrence. A wonderful poet, baseball fan, conversationalist and friend. When my little brother passed away over 23 years ago it was Dave’s wisdom that consoled me more than anyone’s. Though I haven’t spoken to Dave in a couple of years, I will miss his presence.

From Elaine...

My deepest condolences to the Family on the lost of your dear loved one may you draw comfort from God’s Love and from the Love and Support of Family and Friends to give you strength and peace during your time of sorrow

From Klee Zaricky...

RIP My Friend! Take No Prisoners! ❤️

From Jan Benson...

Dave was so kind as I was just beginning to play duplicate bridge. He gave me many good tips that I will always try to remember. Will miss him greatly!!

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