Richard Henry “Dick” Lipscomb, Jr.

Richard Henry “Dick” Lipscomb, Jr. died on March 1, 2020, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar after being diagnosed with cancer just over two months before. Dick was 79 years old. A visitation will be 2 to 4 pm Saturday, March 7, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

He was born on March 1, 1941, in Waynesboro, Virginia, the son of Richard Henry Lipscomb, Sr. and Estelle Mae Toman Lipscomb. Dick’s father, mother, and sister, Mary Taylor Lipscomb Garrity, preceded him in death.

Dick married his high school sweetheart, Sallie Thompson Phillips, in 1961. They lived in Richmond, Virginia, until his career relocated them to Lawrence, Kansas in 1976. They had three children.

Dick retired in 1998 from DuPont as a shift supervisor after 38 years of service, then worked in a variety of roles afterward. He had a contagious smile, a witty sense of humor, and a genuine love for his wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchild.

He enjoyed fishing and was a huge fan of stock car racing and his KU Jayhawks. Dick loved a good game of family poker on holidays (always the banker – seems suspicious in retrospect as he usually won), collecting antiques, and taking care of the yard at his home near Clinton Lake.

Dick is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Sallie P. Lipscomb; three children: Sallie Knetzke and her husband, Jerry, of Springfield, Missouri; Rick Lipscomb of Lawrence; Mary Clark and her husband, Kevin, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; five grandchildren: Taylor Lipscomb (25), Jack Clark (20), Kaitlin Knetzke (19), Sarah Knetzke (17), Courtney Clark (16); and a great grandson, Ryker Lipscomb (4).

The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dick’s doctors, the nurses and social workers at Elara Caring hospice, and the Brandon Woods staff for their loving care of him.

Memorials may be made to American Lung Association, incare of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence KS 66044.
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Messages & Condolences

From Sheryl Havel Prince/ Janalee Havel Jones...

My mother, Sheryl Havel Prince and myself, Janalee Havel Jones were so sorry to hear of this news. My dad, Thomas Havel worked with Dick at DuPont of course and we have a lot of good memories of you, Sallie and Dick. We are so sorry and thinking of you all.

From Gary and Cindy(Reschke)Aldridge...

So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Sallie, Sallie, Rick, and Mary we have you all in our thoughts and prayers!

From Mike Parsons...

I had the pleasure of working with Dick at Dupont/Flexel for a number of years and considered him a mentor and a friend. My condolences to the Family and many many friends.

From Paula Hladky and Willard Epling...

All the DuPont Retirees will miss Dick at our monthly luncheons at King Buffet. Dick’s health and mobility had been going downhill for some time and he hated that. He is free of all of these physical challenges now. May you rest in peace, good friend. We will miss you. God Bless Sallie and the family during this time of loss.

From John and Mary Beth Bialek...

Dear Lipscomb family–we are so sorry to hear of Dicks passing! we had many good memories of you, Sallie and Dick, out In the country
as our good neighbors.

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