In Memory of Ray Hippchen

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Dr. Ray Hippchen passed away on May 16, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. Dr. Hippchen was born and raised in Buffalo, NewYork. He attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he received degrees in Pharmacy in 1957 and Medicine in 1961. He worked as a licensed pharmacist while attending medical school. Following graduation, Dr. Hippchen was engaged in the practice of Pediatrics for 40 years. In 1959 he married the love of his life, Olga Cid, who predeceased him in 2006 after 47 years of marriage. They were blessed with three children, Susan Naveiras (Manuel), John Hippchen (Tamara) and David Hippchen (Kanjana). Ray also leaves behind 8 grandchildren: Nicholas and Matthew Naveiras; Erik, Alyssa and Heather Hippchen; and Tyler, Olga and Alaska Hippchen.

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Tributes (3):

    • Dad,
      I cannot begin to express how much I will miss you.
      Your guidance and advice, your compassion, your strong opinions, your unbelievable energy, your upbeat disposition, your crazy humor which made me laugh until I cried (literally)… you were ONE of a kind!
      God definitely broke the mold after he made you!
      Never will there be another who comes close to you.
      I will never stop thanking God for you! Thank you for how you took such good care of your family- and especially all you did for our Mom!
      You were endlessly devoted to your grandpa, your parents, your children and your grandchildren.
      But not only that- you always looked outside your own family- and worked towards the benefit of others.
      You modeled a life of service.
      You live on in my heart- and in the hearts of all who knew and loved you.
      Until we meet again- we will strive to make you proud.
      Rest in peace, Dad.
      My love always,
      Your daughter.
      P.S.
      I will be careful in order to avoid listeria and dengue fever.

    • Dr. Hippchen was my father-in-law but to me he was like my second Dad. Throughout the years I have had many happy memories of ice fishing in Minnesota and salmon fishing in Alaska. So many times we would spend hours talking about current events and politics, always in a respectful manner. He gave me insight into things that I could apply in my own family. He was the type of person that to me was a privilege to know and to look up to. I will miss you very much, Dad, and love you very much. RIP

    • Papa became mine almost 3 years ago when his “Nicky” and I started dating. Having been a good match for one another from the very start, 3 months into our relationship Nicholas and I both knew that we would get married and so naturally his family became mine. The first time I hugged Papa I knew he was special. He squeezed me tightly and then took a step back and winked. From that moment on he was my Papa too.
      He was only able to visit us a few times- but we made sure to make those times count. We spent hours listening to his stories. He had so many and he would tell them with such enthusiasm! Papa never failed to speak directly to me. He’d ask so many questions about my life, and my work and we could talk about child development forever!
      Having lost my own grandparents pretty early in life- I am so blessed to have gotten to know, love and be loved by this sweet man. I am comforted to know that he is dancing with his bride, and standing before our King. He is missed tremendously here on earth, but heaven is now even sweeter (and sassy too!).
      I love you Papa!
      Forever yours, Janessa Naveiras