October 23, 2000
Lou Whipple, age 84, of Duvall passed away Friday, Oct. 6 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Mobridge, S.D., but spent most of his life in the Seattle area. During his youth he spent many summers in western Montana on his uncle's ranch with his brothers. He was a 1934 graduate of Seattle's Roosevelt High School where his granddaughter now teaches.
He and Carroll Godfrey were married in 1939 and resided in the Seattle area throughout their married life. As a newly married couple with limited spending money, they used roller skates to travel to the University District from their North Seattle home. They were married 61 years.
Lou and his brother volunteered for many years at C.O. Sorenson Early Childhood Center. They conducted woodcraft lessons for the students and taught them to use simple tools to build bird houses and other projects.
The Whipples were avid members of the "Dudes and Dolls" square dance club.
For many years he owned and operated Whip's TV in the Lake City area until he retired in 1980 to tend the trout farm and wooded acreage he loved in Duvall. He and Carroll built their home and created the artesian wells, ponds and wooded walkways over a 30-year period. Families and children who visited were welcome to catch fish and were treated to home-made cookies.
He is survived by his wife, Carroll; sons, Norm and Tom; daughter, Bonnie; brothers, Don and Doug; sister, Adelaide; grandchildren, Beth and Suzie Madsen, Andy and Ben Whipple; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He will be sorely missed by family, friends and neighbors.
The past few years he was a popular safety deck person and a good partner for Carroll in the swim lessons program. Neighbors, friends and family knew that Lou could be counted on as one to call for any need. He dug ditches, loaned tools and equipment, installed wiring, plumbing, baked cookies and helped anytime or anywhere.
Memorials for Lou Whipple may be sent to the Duvall Youth Center, c/o City of Duvall, P.O. Box 1300, Duvall, WA 98019.