Roy Ashley Pipkin
East Wenatchee, WA
Roy Ashley Pipkin died peacefully of cancer on August 9, 2014, in Wenatchee, WA. He was surrounded by his family who loved him dearly. The son of Bill and Enda (Patterson) Pipkin, Roy was born October 16, 1939, in Cashmere, WA. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, until he was honorably discharged in 1959. Roy married Betty Jo Martin in 1962. They had two daughters, Julie and Gina, who he loved dearly. Over the years, Roy owned several successful businesses: Roy Pipkin Drywall, Tractor Sales and Equipment, Pacific Crest Contracting and was an orchardist for a short period of time. Roy was a founding member of the Valley View Seventh Day Adventist Church, which he loved very much. He was a loving poppy to nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, that loved nothing more than being at poppy and grandma’s house riding the four wheeler with him. Roy had a zest for life and lived it to the fullest. He loved all things nature and was an avid fisherman and hunter, making yearly trips to Alaska. In his younger years, he raised and rodeoed horses and cattle, as well as raced dirt bikes. He was a licensed pilot and owned small private planes over the years. Roy passed his love for nature and the outdoors to his children and grandchildren. His greatest joy was being able to hunt and fish with them.
Roy is survived by his wife, Betty; his daughters, Julie (Dan) Luce and Gina (Dennis) Flemens; nine grandchildren, Shina (Zac) Clark, Daniele Luce, Travis (Mina) Spurlock, Joshua Flemens, Katelyn (Ryan) Wilson, Jared Flemens, Holly (Matt) Roberts, Bradley Luce and Austin Flemens; five great-grandchildren, Destiny, Zeke, Olivia, Boston, and Evie; sisters, Viola Milner, Janice Wassman and Rosalee (Glen) Underwood; brothers, Galen and Darold (Peggy) Pipkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Enda; and his brothers, Sid, Bill and Bruce Pipkin.
The family would like to give special thanks to Roy’s nurse, Annette and CNA, Janessa, who cared for him so tenderly in his last hours of life.
Services were held at Valley View Seventh Day Adventist Church in East Wenatchee, Monday, August 18, 2014. Interment followed at the Cashmere Cemetery. Arrangements are by Telford’s Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee.