Charles' ashes were interred at the Houston National Cemetery on 6/7/2013, following a service including 21 gun salute by VFW and taps on cornet by Steve Tippett. A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday May 21, 2013. Thanks to everyone who attended, you helped make it a wonderful celebration of Charles Tippett's life.

A written copy of the Memorial Service Eulogy is at the "Stories" tab above.

For information contact Steve Tippett at 713-939-1440, or via email at

Be sure to watch the video created by Dono in the Gallery/Videos tab above.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Charles Tippett, 83, born on November 3, 1929 and passed away on May 18, 2013. We will remember him forever.

The memorial site for Barbara Tippett can be reached via the link below:

Posted by Darla Northrup on November 3, 2022
Dad Tippett
Wow 93 years old
You are in my memories forever….
Fly with your guardian Angel!
Love always
Darla ❤️
Posted by Steve Tippett on November 3, 2022
Happy 93rd Birthday, Dad. We all miss you very much, but appreciate your watching over us from above. Love you forever.
Posted by Steve Tippett on November 8, 2020
Happy belated birthday Dad. Love you and miss you and mom..
Posted by Steve Tippett on May 19, 2020
Dad, It is hard to believe that it has been 7 years since your passing. We miss you and mom every day, but feel better knowing that you are together once again.

Love you always
Posted by Dono Tippett on May 18, 2020
God Bless you Grandpa T. We will always cherish the memories with you and grandma. Thank you for watching over us. Bubba Thomas went to heaven on May 11, 2020 to be with y’all. With love, Nicole and Dono.
Posted by Darla Northrup on November 6, 2019
Dad T.
I think of you all the time! Such fond memories!
The circle of life encircles the world with Angels from you!
Love you always!
Posted by Darla Northrup on May 18, 2019
Hey Dad
Seems like yesterday we had our after noon coffee! May the Angels of positive spiritual energys be with all of us forever!
Love you unconditionally,
Alway love u babe!
Posted by Steve Tippett on May 18, 2019
Well it has been 6 years since your passing, and we still think about you every day. As you know, mom lost her 5 year long battle with ovarian cancer, and passed away 3/4/18. Now you are together in heaven. Love you both forever.
Posted by Steve Tippett on November 4, 2018
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad. I know you are enjoying being together again. Love you both forever.
Posted by Steve Tippett on November 4, 2018
Happy 89th birthday Dad. We love you and miss you every day.
Posted by Darla Northrup on November 4, 2018
Happy Anniversary to Dad & Mom,
I know you are having a happy marriage celebration today!
I saw you two enjoy so many delightful years together!
Shine on with the Angels!
Love & blessings!
Posted by Darla Northrup on November 3, 2018
Sweet Dad
I'll always admire you. So brave,funny, smart & loving.
I know you are having fun with Mom! Happy 89 th birthday.
Your legacy will live on foever! Be with the Angels, I love you,
Posted by Dono Tippett on November 4, 2017

Happy 88th birthday. Grandma, dad, mom and now my wife and I live on as well as many others in your memory. We will always remember your warm smile and wise mind. Forever we love you, Dono
Posted by Steve Tippett on November 3, 2017
Happy 88th birthday Dad! We miss you everyday, and you are always in our thoughts and prayers. Love you forever
Posted by Darla Northrup on May 21, 2017
I see you living forever as an Angel Spirit!
I had so many wonderful memories as we went
Through your house!
I love you comletely, Darla
Posted by Steve Tippett on May 19, 2017
Everyone is doing well. We talk about you all the time Dad.
Mom is now living in a retirement community, Brookdale West University.
If anyone would like to contact mom ( Barbara Tippett), her phone number is 832-831-0990.

Love you always Dad.
Posted by Darla Northrup on November 5, 2016
Angel Dad,

Happy Birthday! Stop by for a cup of coffee!

All my Love,
Posted by Steve Tippett on November 3, 2016
Happy Birthday, Dad.

We all love you and miss you, but know that you are watching over us.
Posted by Tom Ruprecht on November 3, 2016
Charlie's legacy lives on. Love to Barb, all family members, and friends.
Posted by Darla Northrup on May 19, 2016
Hi Dad, Your Spirit & Angels surround me always! I have so many fond memories of you.... I miss your dear being with me. Let's have our afternoon coffee, It was so enjoyable! It' s so touching to my heart to see the pictures on this site of you. You are such a handsome being inside & out! I love you completely! Darla
Posted by Dono Tippett on May 19, 2016
May God lift us up in remembrance of Charles A Tippett. Not a day passes that I don't think about how much of an influence he had on my life. Living on in your footsteps of climbing the corporate ladder as a Nurse and a person. Love You Grandpa!
Posted by Steve Tippett on May 18, 2016
Today is the three year anniversary of Dad's passing. We think about and miss Dad every day, but know he is in a better place, and watching over us.
Love you, Dad
Posted by Steve Tippett on November 4, 2015
Happy Birthday dad, and Happy Anniversary to you and mom.

We miss you every day, but know that you are in a better place.
Posted by Tom Ruprecht on November 3, 2015
Thanks Dono for keeping this Web site going. Comments here may diminish over time, but the positive effect Charlie has had on me and others will continue to be with us and those we influence. That is Charlie's legacy. Love to Barb and the family.
Posted by Steve Tippett on May 19, 2015
Hard to believe it has been two years since Dad's passing. We all miss him every day, but know that he is looking down upon us as our guardian angel. 

I retired from ExxonMobil this March, after 34 years; and I know Dad's spirit was with us at out my retirement. dinner.

We love you and miss you Dad!
Posted by Tom Ruprecht on May 18, 2015
Thanks Dono for keeping this tribute going.

We all miss Charlie. However, his legacy continues, not only through his children and grand children, but also through the many people he influenced, helped, guided and supported.. Of course, I am one of those people. In some way, I feel that my own daughter and grand daughters are part of his legacy.

My love goes to all of you.
Posted by Darla Northrup on May 18, 2015
Angel Dad Tippett,
Every time I have a cup of coffee, I remember you serving me some at
Your house! I feel your presence even now being wise and joking with
A smile! I miss you and know you excercise and walk everyday.. Say hi
To my Angel dad Roger and tell him I love him!

All my love always,
Posted by Steve Tippett on May 19, 2014
Yesterday was the 1 year anniversary of Dad's passing. We visited the VA Cemetery and had a 7-Up (his favorite beverage) toast to Dad.
We miss Dad every day, but know that he is looking down on us all, and his been giving strength to Mom, as she battled ovarian cancer this last year, resulting in a remarkable recovery.
2013 was a difficult year for the family, but we all made it through and 2014 has been much better.
Love you Dad.
Posted by Tom Ruprecht on May 18, 2014
When I think of a few key people who have helped me in my life, I remember Charlie. He was both the brother I never had and the father I wish that I had. And he was a caring friend for 40 years.

It's hard to believe that Charlie has been gone for a full year.

My best wishes to all the friends and family in handling this one year milestone.
Posted by Dono Tippett on May 18, 2014
Today is the 1 year anniversary of your passing, not a moment goes by that we don't think about you. You were a wonderful man with many fond memories. I look up to you in hard times and I know you are there guiding all of us. Grandma is doing wonderful and is such a strong person. She would not be so strong without your guidance. I love you dearly Grandpa Tippett! May the angels sing on your day today! Lets have some coffee and chat grandpa :)
Posted by Terry Fansler (Davis/DeCa... on October 19, 2013
I began working at E & E Insurance in 1966. Within a year I became Mr. Tippett's secretary and worked for him for around 6 years. He was a great boss and a wonderful man! I remember typing some school papers for Steve during that time! He and his wife were always very nice to me. I am sure your family will miss him so much.
Posted by barbara schmitter on October 19, 2013
I joined E & E in 1968 and had a chance to get to know Mr. Tippett as his secretary, Terry DeCarlo was a friend of mine from high school. One day we took a laughing box into his office and set it off....he laughed so loud and then said...shut the door...and then we set it off again and we all had a good laugh. He was such a nice man and I remember him fondly.
Posted by Arnie Sealove on August 4, 2013
I knew Charlie from 1970 when I first joined Educator & Executive Insurance Companies and continued until 1984 thought the JCPenny Insurance companies. . I remember him as a class act. A man of integrity, sound judgment and on occasion a warm sense of humor. He will be missed but not forgotten.
Posted by kathy darling on August 3, 2013
My respect to Charley's memory and sympathies to his family.
Posted by Tom Ruprecht on August 3, 2013
When Charlie was Executive Vice President of Educator and Executive Insurance, he recruited me to work for him in 1973. The career change was, for me, a major move that made me feel somewhat apprehensive. Charlie immediately became my guide and mentor, and helped me gain the confidence I needed to succeed under him--and later in my other business ventures. I owe much of my success to him
Posted by Dale & Nancy Arnold on June 2, 2013
Sorry we were out of town and missed the memorial service. We certainly miss him, such a kind man, wonderful friend and neighbor, and we appreciate the opportunity we had to see him on an almost daily basis. Please know our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the whole family.
Posted by Steve Beard on May 23, 2013
Sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Steve Tippett on May 20, 2013
I will give most of my tribute to Dad at the Memorial Service tomorrow. It is hard to put in a few words the love I have for Dad. He was the most intelligent, kind, gentle and loving father a person could ever have. He never had a negative thing to say about anyone or any thing, he was always upbeat and positive, and was honest in everything he did or said. I will love you always, Dad.
Posted by Carolyn Evans on May 20, 2013
Doe se doe, allamand left, head ladies to the center for the teacup something...those were the days, square dancers say...
Thank you for your service in the armed forces, Semper Fi...
Posted by Dono Tippett on May 19, 2013
I will forever remember the special bond you and I had Grandpa Tippett. For you were a listener not a talker, just like me. You listened to me and I listened to you. I dream about you often and I know you are in heaven with the angels dancing, singing, and being merry. I will never forget you sweet sweet grandpa. I love you.
Posted by Donna Northrup on May 19, 2013
Yes he was a great man you will be missed. Donna Northrup
Posted by Lee Northrup on May 19, 2013
he will be greatly miss by all . RIP Charles !!
Posted by Darla Northrup on May 19, 2013
Angels & Dad's spirit will be with me always.....
Dad was such a fine, honest & loving man!
He could catch me with his dry humor and I wouldn't even
Realize it till later sometimes!
I'll love you deep in my heart always DAD!
Posted by Beth Northrup on May 18, 2013
He was a great man. He will be dearly missed.
Posted by Marilyn Ogan on May 18, 2013
Aunt Barb, Steve, Sandra, Dono, and Amanda:
Uncle Charles (Husband/Dad/Grandpa) will be missed greatly by a large number of people. Please know my prayers are with you at this time.

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Posted by Darla Northrup on November 3, 2022
Dad Tippett
Wow 93 years old
You are in my memories forever….
Fly with your guardian Angel!
Love always
Darla ❤️
Posted by Steve Tippett on November 3, 2022
Happy 93rd Birthday, Dad. We all miss you very much, but appreciate your watching over us from above. Love you forever.
Posted by Steve Tippett on November 8, 2020
Happy belated birthday Dad. Love you and miss you and mom..
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E&E Insurance Building

Shared by Steve Tippett on June 4, 2014

When Charles first began to work at E&E Insurance Company, they were located at 4400 N. High Street in Columbus, Ohio.



Obituary Posted in the Columbus Dispatch

Shared by Steve Tippett on May 22, 2013

Charles A. Tippett was born November 3, 1929 and passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013 in Houston, TX . Mr. Tippett was from East Columbus. He received his Accounting Degree from Ohio State University and was a CPA. Mr. Tippett enjoyed Square and Round Dancing. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Steve and his wife, Darla; daughter, Sandra and her husband, Paul; sister, Mary; grandchildren, Dono and Amanda. Memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Crossroads Church, 5000 College Park, Conroe, TX. 77384. For more info, go to website:

Published in The Columbus Dispatch from May 21 to May 23, 2013

Memorial Service Eulogy by Steve Tippett

Shared by Steve Tippett on May 22, 2013


Charles A. Tippett Eulogy

By Steve A. Tippett

Given at Memorial Service on May 21, 2013

Hi, I am Steve Tippett, Charlie Tippett’s son.  We are here to celebrate my Dad’s life, and as you might have guessed, Red was his favorite color

Since many of you here have only know Dad since he and mom moved to Houston, eight years ago, I am going to tell you a little about my Dad’s life before Houston. I think you will be amazed at what you hear, because he never liked to brag about his accomplishments.  In fact, when I was a teenager and people would ask him what he did, he would say something crazy like, I am the local garbage man.

Actually, dad had a very amazing career.  He graduated from Ohio State University with an Accounting degree, and quickly became a CPA. His first job was with the Peat, Marwick and Mitchell Accounting Firm.  While there, he did audit work for a new insurance company called E&E or Educator and Executives insurance.  He joined E&E in 1962, and quickly rose through the ranks to become Executive VP in 1968.  In 1975, he was elected President by the Board of Directors, definitely no garbage man.  Two years later, JCPenny bought out E&E and dad then became President of JCPenny Insurance companies.

In  1978, JC Penney split the casualty insurance and life insurance companies into two units, and combined the life insurance company with several other life insurance companies they had acquired in Dallas.  Dad was transferred to Dallas to bring those companies together, and mom and Dad lived in Dallas for 2 years.

Dad tired of “corporate life” and set out to start a new Construction Management company with 2 other men.  Dad had been in charge of the building of two office buildings for E&E, as the company grew in size, and he came to love the business of building office buildings. He and mom moved to San Diego for that venture, but the business did not thrive and he decided to cut his losses and move on.

Mom and Dad decided to move back to Columbus, Ohio; to help their aging parents, and Dad went to work for the Credit Life Insurance Company, eventually moving to another Insurance company in Springfield, Ohio.  After a few years, that company was bought out and shut down.  Dad then decided to go out on his own, and started up Tippett Consulting, which he owned and operated for almost 20 years.  He had over 100 clients, and many of those clients became dear friends, who have stayed in touch with him to this day.

Dad never tired of work, and mom had to push him to retire at the age of 75, as his memory began to fail.  His intellectual capacity never faltered, he just could not remember the  things he needed to run his business.

In 2005, mom and dad moved  to Houston, where they were able to be closer to their children and grandchildren. 

On the  more personal side, dad was always a family man.  He provided us with everything we could ever want or need, but did not spoil us with material things.  In fact, we lived in a modest house, and lived a very modest lifestyle, even though he had the money to live a much different lifestyle.  He instilled that philosophy in me, and as I approach retirement myself, that lesson will allow me and my family to retire in comfort, because we have always lived “below our means”.

Dad and mom loved to dance.  When my sister and I went off to college, they learned to Square Dance and Round dance, and through that activity made many friends and traveled to many places for conventions and out-of-town dances.  They continued dancing even after moving to Houston, for another 4 years.

Dad loved to read the newspaper, and he read the local paper and the Wall Street Journal every day.  Both were delivered daily to the house, and he would get up in the morning, usually before the paper arrived, and await the sound of the papers hitting the driveway.  He would then go out, in the dark, to retrieve the papers, and sit down in his front room easy chair with his half cup of coffee, to enjoy the latest news.

And yes, the “half cup of coffee”.  He always asked for only a half cup, because he wanted his coffee to stay hot.  He continued to remind my mother, after 61 years of marriage, each time, that he wanted only half a cup.  Even the waitresses at his favorite restaurants, who knew him by name, always were reminded that he only wanted half a cup of coffee.

Dad enjoyed building things, probably because his career used his mind and not his hands.  While I was growing up, Dad took a landscape design class, and then proceeded to redesign the yard at our house on Bernhard Rd.  We moved all of the existing bushes to new locations, added many new shrubs and trees, built a decorative  pond and fountain in the front yard, and built a Japanese rock garden area.

Next dad took on the challenge of converting our basement into a family/recreation room.  He and I installed a vinyl tile floor, suspended ceiling and paneled the walls.  We installed a freestanding fireplace and even had “secret” doors that went into our shared woodshop and laboratory space.

After completing the rec room construction, he furnished it with a game table, a couch and chairs and we even had a billiard and ping pong table.  I loved that basement area, and in High School the rock band I was in often practiced there.  When we practiced, it was so loud that the end table lamps in the living room would shake, but he never complained, at least to me.  He always let me have my space to do my thing, including growing my hair to shoulder length, to fit in with the Rock Band.

Dad also loved cars, although he never really had one of his dream cars.  He always wanted a Porsche, after owning a very early Volkswagen Beetle in Salzburg, Austria; that was designed by Ferdinand Porsche.  The closest he ever came to his Porsche were the Audis he owned: an Audi Fox, Audi 5000, Audi A6 and Audi A4.

To close, I would like to go back to the beginning of my life with Dad.

 Dad was in the army right after graduating college, during the Korean War timeframe. He was fortunate enough to be stationed in Salzburg, Austria and mom got to go with him.  As a result, I was born in Salzburg, Austria, also the birthplace of one of the most famous composers ever, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

We lived in Austria for about a year after I was born, and then returned to Columbus, Ohio.  When I was in my early teens, dad took our family back to Salzburg, so that I could see where I was born, and to meet the Austrian family that had rented the bottom half of their house to us.  During that visit, I fell in love with my birthplace, and the Austrian people.

Darla (my wife) and I returned to Austrian when I was about 30 years old. Then when our son Dono was about 10 years old, Mom, Dad, Darla, Dono and I returned to Austria, for what would be dad’s last visit.

Thanks Dad for bringing me into the world in a special way, in a special place, and for encouraging me to be different and special my entire life.

You will be sorely missed, but always loved and present in our hearts.

I love you Dad.