Dorothy Emmaline Chipman (February 4, 2015)

11502 Photo color corrected ovalJune 23, 1919 ~ February 4, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015
1:00-9:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, IA
The family will be present to greet friends from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Funeral Home.
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Saturday, February 14, 2015
10:30 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Harlan, IA
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Burial will be in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, IA

Immanuel Lutheran Church Memorial Fund
Immanuel Lutheran Church Tanzania Missions

1 Son – Rick (Cheryl) Chipman of Harlan, IA
2 Daughters – Peg Booth of Carlsbad, CA
Pat Chipman of Harlan, IA
6 Grandchildren
8 Great-grandchildren
Other Relatives & Friends

Dorothy Emmaline Chipman, the daughter of Henry Edward and Helen Margaret (Hipner) Noehren, was born on June 23, 1919, in Oakland, Iowa. She graduated from Harlan (Iowa) High School, and on September 11, 1938, married Russell Elliott Chipman at the Methodist Church in Harlan. The couple farmed several locations in the Harlan and Kirkman, Iowa, areas. In 1950, they settled on land located on Road M16, southwest of Harlan; Dorothy helped Russell raise hogs, cattle, and grain. In 1979, Russell and Dorothy retired and moved into Harlan, where they lived until Russell’s death on February 26, 2000; Dorothy remained in their home for the remainder of her life.

Dorothy was a longtime active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, and she made it a point to attend worship services whenever possible. She was a good dancer, and she and Russell enjoyed many dances. Dorothy liked to play Bridge, and she greatly enjoyed the fellowship and fun of playing cards and visiting with her friends. She was a fantastic cook and baker, and fixing meals for her family and friends brought her much happiness. Dorothy also enjoyed doing handiwork and made many quilts.

Dorothy E. Chipman died on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at her home in Harlan, Iowa. She had reached the age of 95 years, 7 months, and 12 days.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell Chipman; one infant daughter, Sandra Kay Chipman; one infant great-grandson, Ethan Chipman; four brothers, Edward Noehren, Henry Noehren, Robert Noehren, and Donald Noehren; and one sister, Margaret Pauley. She is survived by one son, Rick (Cheryl) Chipman of Harlan, Iowa; two daughters, Peg Booth of Carlsbad, California, and Pat Chipman of Harlan, Iowa; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Pastor Phillip Nielsen officiating. Serving as casket bearers were Chris Booth, Michelle Lane, Adam Chipman, Jerad Chipman, Amanda Chipman, and Emily Concordia. Burial was in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, Iowa. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or Immanuel Lutheran Church Tanzania Missions. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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4 Responses to Dorothy Emmaline Chipman (February 4, 2015)

  1. Sheri (Warner) Stephany says:

    Peg, Pat, and Rick,

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I have such fond memories of time spent with you and your family. Your parents were my Godparents and I was so fond of them. You are all in my prayers.

  2. Melanie (Jensen) Marreel says:

    Dorothy was such a dear soul! I was born in Harlan, as my father taught there. Dorothy hosted a baby shower for me, and opened my first savings account! We moved away when I was 5, but I have such fond memories of staying at Russ and Dorothy’s house when we’d come back to visit! We all became friends as adults. What fun it was to “run into Rick” at various fairs and such over the years! And then it was SO GREAT to have the Chipman family visit me while I worked at Walt Disney World! And we owe this all to a special lady named Dorothy. May God grant you comfort and peace as you bid “farewell for now” to a very special lady! Hugs from Melanie (Jensen) and Dave Marreel

  3. Miriam Jensen says:

    Rick, Pat, and Peg,
    Your mom was a wonderful friend who I shared a lot of good talk time and just fun times. She treated me like another daughter and I so enjoyed her cards, letters, and calls after we moved from Harlan. Dorothy was a very talented and gifted person who had a big heart and appreciation for every one. She was a super cook and we enjoyed many meals and especially great tasting pies at her table. I will deeply miss
    her but praise the Lord for her long productive life. May God touch your hearts today with love, comfort and peace.

  4. Del and Joyce (Nielsen) Johnson says:

    Linda and Gailyn emailed us the sad news of Dorothy’s passing. You have our sincere sympathy for your loss.
    I have fond memories of visiting Dorothy and Russell on the farm with Rita and Gailyn. She was a fun loving and hardworking lady.

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