Simon P. Wippel, pioneer Ellensburg resident and a member of one of the Kittitas Valley’s best known families, died at his home Monday [January 10, 1949] at the age of 77.
Wippel, who had been a farmer in the valley since 1911, had lived in the county for 57 years. He was a native of Ripley County, Indiana.
He is survived by two daughters Miss Louise Wippel and Mrs. Helen Bray, both of Ellensburg; three sons, Lee and Melvin of Ellensburg, and Harold of Portland; a brother, Peter, of Ellensburg; five sisters, Mrs. Herman Dryer and Mrs. George Watts of Ellensburg, Miss Elizabeth Wippel of Seattle, Mrs. Paul Mueller of Spokane, and Mrs. Gertrude Valen of Alhambra, Calif., and one grandchild.
Funeral services for Wippel were held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman