Michael Richard Kipps

June 1, 2023
Michael Richard Kipps

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Michael Richard Kipps, “Mike,” of Williamsburg, Va., passed away on June 1, 2023. Mike was born in Pennsylvania in 1943 to Lt. Col. Henry Edward Kipps and Kathryn Mary Kipps. During his father’s Army career he lived in Tremont, PA., Japan, New York City, and Newfoundland. He resided in Williamsburg, Va. from the late 1950’s until his death.

Mike worked for Colonial Williamsburg for over 30 years. During that time he was the Master Printer and later the Director of Historic Trades. After retirement, he operated a private business, The Vintage Bindery of Williamsburg.

Mike enjoyed many hobbies and interests over the years. In his earlier adult years he owned and raced a small sailboat and enjoyed sailing the local waterways, played and coached volleyball, and was an avid rock climber. Inspired by his long time interest in model railroading, he developed an “HO scale” layout based on a train route from his childhood in Pennsylvania. Mike also enjoyed camping and hiking, especially in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as well as scuba diving and lawn bowling. He and his wife traveled for several decades in their vintage travel trailer. Mike also developed an interest in cooking and would labor to produce special meals for his family.

Mike is survived by his wife of 38 years, Patricia “Robin” Shafer Kipps; his daughter Kathryn “Kathy” Kahler (Ike) of Davis, West Virginia; his daughter Mary Anne Cummins (Chris) of Williamsburg, Virginia; grand-children Philip Westenberger, James Kahler (Chandler), Hannah Cummins; step-grandson Stephen Cummins (Michelle); and great-grandchildren Noah and Gabriel Westenberger; sister-in-law Janea Whitacre (Ed); mother-in-law Marilyn Shafer-Asprey; father-in-law Don Shafer (Ann); step sisters-in-law Donna Tamkin, and Linda Argust(Tom).

The service will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to their favorite charity in honor of Michael R. Kipps.

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  • July 14, 2023
    Terri Christensen says:
    Robin, So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending Love and Prayers to you and your family. Love, Terri Christensen

  • June 23, 2023
    Holly says:
    I will always have many good memories of Mike’s visits to our grandparents in Pennsylvania and always looked forward to seeing his daughters. Many thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time. Love and sympathy, cousin Holly and family from PA.

  • June 22, 2023
    JoAnn Drumheller says:
    Our deepest sympathy to all of Mike's family from his cousin JoAnn and the entire Pennsylvania clan. Memories go back to the times when we each had two young daughters and our families spent enjoyable vacations together in Virginia and North Carolina. We hope Mike's family finds peace knowing that we are thinking of you all and feeling very sorry for your loss. Love, JoAnn and family

  • June 15, 2023
    Steve & Mary Jurasek says:
    Mike had a calm demeanor, good sense of humor and kindness in his heart. He was a great neighbor. Besides his love of trains, Mike was a master at grilling and smoking food. We will miss the enticing aromas of his craft during the summer months. Moreover, we will miss him. We pray that the family finds joy in having experienced Mike in their lives and peace in knowing that Mike is with our Lord.

  • June 15, 2023
    Steve & Mary Jurasek says:
    Mike had a good heart, was very pleasant and a great neighbor! Besides his love for trains he was a master at grilling and smoking food. We will miss his quiet demeanor and our brief encounters. We pray that the family finds comfort in having experienced Mike in their life and peace in knowing he is with our Lord.