Richard Harrison Tipton

September 1, 1951 - June 30, 2019
Richard Harrison Tipton


Richard Harrison Tipton, age 67, of Wilmington, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2019, at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Akron, OH on September 1, 1951 the son of Erbie Roger Tipton and Catherine Matilda Davis Tipton.

Richard was a 1969 graduate of Archbishop Hoban High School, attended the University of Akron, and served his country with honor and distinction in the United States Navy for 5 years. Richard worked in Field Services in the Crane Industry.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Erbie and Catherine Tipton. He is survived by his sisters, Judy Ransweiler (Al) of Newtown, PA, Janice Moss of Los Angeles, CA, and Mary Nixon (Ken) of Exeter, UK as well as a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Rick enjoyed his friends, family and the beach. He lived each day to the fullest, exactly the way he wanted, and made no apologies for doing so.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel. In recognition of Richards honorable and faithful service to his country the United States Navy Honor Guard will render Military Honors.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


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  • July 03, 2019
    Grace Anna Heisterborg says:
    Rick you have been like family to us I love ypu for your caring and kindness. I will never forget how u stayed by Darrens, side during his fight with kidney failure..you ll be bright star up there

  • July 05, 2019
    Terry Patient says:
    Rick, thanks for all the fun we have had over the years. I've always been able to count on your willingness to help me with your vast knowledge of American cranes. We will miss you greatly. I bet even now you are explaining to St. Peter that he needs to stock up on Coors Light.

  • July 06, 2019
    Yutaka Yamamoto says:
    Rick, I had been very happy to work with you while these 14 years. I had expected any fun or joke every day via e-mails between USA and Japan (Oh, off course serial issues...). You gave me a lot of your experience. Not only job, having beer with you was also fun. You were the my best American friend. Thank you my friend.

  • July 07, 2019
    Sam garich says:
    Rick you were good friend rest in peace old buddy