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Edwin Sheer Zippe

Edwin Sheer Zippe, 82, of Wilmington passed away on Friday, December 22, 2017 after a brief battle with cancer.  Born on the family farm in Clayton, Delaware, he was the son of Kurt Schmidt Zippe and Helen Sheer Zippe.

A 1954 graduate of Smyrna High School, Ed earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Delaware, and was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity.  He retired in 2000 after teaching history at Alexis I. duPont High School for 40 years; his classes were notoriously challenging and he remained in touch with many of his students from across the years.  He helped coach many different sports while at AI, most notably football and wrestling, and was also immensely proud of the Academic Bowl teams he mentored.

Ed was an involved father and grandfather who faithfully attended sporting events, concerts and plays, and was a beloved kidsitter.  In his retirement he enjoyed traveling, reading and writing voraciously, attending concerts, hiking, and spending time with his friends and family and especially his grandchildren. 

In addition to his parents, Ed was predeceased by his siblings Ernst Zippe, Edith Sutor, Kurt Zippe, Jr. (Johnny) and Isabel Gebhart.  He is survived by his children Jane Zippe Putscher (Dave) of Wilmington, Anne Camilli (Jim) of Hockessin, and John Zippe (Kerri) of Newark; grandchildren Carrie and Emily Putscher, Zakk and Leah Camilli and Cole and Ava Zippe; his brother Robert Daniels of Townsend, and former wife Nancy Coale Zippe, as well as many extended family members and dear friends.

Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Ed’s life at Founders Hall of Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, 500 McKennan’s Church Road, Wilmington on Saturday, December 30th.  Visitation with the family will be from 10 am to noon, immediately followed by a brief time of remembrance and then a luncheon.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Nature Conservancy of Delaware (100 W. 10th St., Suite 1107, Wilmington, DE  19801), or just enjoy a good book.  Scattering of ashes will be private. Arrangements by Mealey Funeral Homes.  www.MealeyFuneralHomes.com

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Submitted by Margo Simmons on
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Please accept my sincere condolences for your recent loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. I have always received comfort from the Bibles’ word at Philippians 4:7 which reads “and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus”. I hope you can receive comfort from these words as well. Margo Simmons

Submitted by Ivan on
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I am very sorry to all who are affected by this loss. Coping with the loss of a loved one is probably one of the most difficult things to endure. Although it doesn't remove the pain or bring our loved one back to us now, the bible offers much comfort and hope that our God has given us for the future. At 1 Corinthians 15:26 Paul wrote that the last enemy death would be brought to nothing. There is much more hope and encouragement to be found in the bible. Please take care and again very sorry for your loss.

Submitted by susan ogintz on
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dear zippe family, our sincere condolences to the family on ed's passing. he was a terrific man, father, and teacher and we remember you all with affection. may his memory be as a blessing to you all. the ogintz family

Submitted by Joan Schneikart on
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Dear Nancy, Jane, Anne, John and spouses, So sorry to hear about Ed's recent passing. I knew him as a great neighbor and energetic role model physically and intellectually. He was a die-hard hiker, enjoyed his travels in this country and all over the world, and spending time with his grandchildren. I am sad that he is gone from this life and will miss him. My condolences to all of your family. Sincerely, Joan Schneikart

Submitted by Mary Kingery Wo... on
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What a loss for your family and the entire community. Mr. Zippe was one of my favorite teachers at A.I. Please accept my condolences.

Submitted by Amanda Kephart ... on
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I was sorry to hear of Mr. Zippe’s passing via the Facebook post of another giant, Paul Parets. Mr. Zippe taught his first AP European history class in 1976-77 and I was one of the 4-5 in his totally female class. He taught us so much and so well and I can still see myself around the table in that room. Remain a student of history to this day, and he was part of the reason why. I hope your memory provides great comfort, as my does of having this good man part of my education.

Submitted by Tom Robertson on
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Dear Zippe family, I knew Mr. Zippe over 50 years ago when I was a junior at AI duPont high school, and he was the assistant football coach. Everyone liked him, as he connected with his players and students. My class of 68 is having its 50th reunion next fall, and we created a facebook page to connect all the students. A number of us expressed the hope that Mr. Zippe would be invited. And then a few days ago one of our colleagues posted this obit. So sad, as so many of us had looked forward to seeing him at that reunion. In any case, I know many from AI join me in sending our condolences to all of you. He was a wonderful man, and he will be missed.

Submitted by Tom Robertson on
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I should add that you would be touched by all the wonderful tributes to him on our AI duPont Class of 68 facebook page.

Submitted by Anne & Boris Kavcic on
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Dear Nancy and all the family, Our sincerest condolences. We enjoyed knowing Ed through many years and treasured his knowledge and energy. We wish you all peace and a celebration of life in the year ahead. Anne & Boris

Submitted by Jordan S on
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My deepest condolences to the family for your loss. Our Heavenly Father gives us a comforting thought when He tells us that soon death will be "swallowed up forever." (1 Cor. 15:54) Along with this, God also promises that ones who have died will be able to live again. (John 5:28,29) I hope these encouraging scriptures can bring you some comfort during this difficult time.

Submitted by Mary Mercado Burgos on
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My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Mr. Zippe's family. I'm grateful in many ways but most of all grateful that he walked into my office recently and allowed me to reminisce with him. Mr. Zippe was my History teacher at A.I. DuPont High School I graduated in 1979 and thanks to his love of history I know share in the same. I do enjoy the history channels, documentaries etc., because he was such a wonderful teacher. May he Rest in Peace and may the family find solace in knowing that he was very much a treasure and loved by many.

Submitted by Rebecca on
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My sincere condolence to you and your family. May you find comfort in the words that God promise from Isaiah 25-8.