December 28, 1918 ~ February 21, 2006
Pipkin, Isac Chester, known as Chester to all, passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2006, in Oakhurst, CA. Born in Prague, Oklahoma on December 28, 1918. He was 87 when he died.
Growing up during the Depression, he helped support his large family shining shoes and working as a golf caddy.
He was a machinist by trade, and developed parts for aircraft, movie cameras, defense systems, and the space program.
He founded his own machine shop company, Pipkin Machine, and developed that business until he joined the army during World War II. He served in the Army Air Corps.
He enjoyed traveling across the country, keeping abreast with current affairs, horse racing, and most of all, spending time with his family. He was active with the boy scouts, serving in various volunteer leadership positions, including commissioner.
During his retirement, he split his time with his daughter Vicki in Tennessee, his sons Eric and Chet in Southern California, and was just in the process of moving up to Oakhurst, California, to spend some time as a "Mountain Man" with his daughter Dianne.
He is survived by a large family including Lorraine Pipkin, daughters Dianne (Larry) Mattox of Oakhurst, California and Vicki Pipkin of Nashville, Tennessee, and sons Chet (Jan) Pipkin of Manhattan Beach, California and Eric Pipkin of Los Angeles, California and 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 12:30 P.M. Private burial will be at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, CA.
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