Donald Howard ‘Don’ Tipton, 78

Donald Howard “Don” Tipton, 78, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, after a very brief, courageous battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 22, 1939, in Washington, D.C., son of the late Oliver Tipton and Harriet (Harrell) Tipton.

Tipton raised a loving family, around whom he centered his life. Tipton had recently retired after many years as a public-works employee and small-business entrepreneur. He leaves behind many friends and co-workers.

As avid golfer and Redskins fan, Tipton knew that the things that frustrate people most in life often bring them the most pleasure. He used this wisdom, and other insights gained throughout his life, to become the amazing father, grandfather and great-grandfather he was. Tipton was a great man whom all lovingly called “Pop Pop Tip.”

Tipton leaves behind his children, Traci Williams and her husband, Tom, of Millsboro, Del., Thomas Tipton and his wife, Kristin, of Ocean View, Del., Terri Tipton of Lewes, Del., Michael Tipton and his husband, Eric, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Peggy Cronic and her husband, Terry; his ex-wife, Kathleen Tipton; his four brothers and their loving families, Gary Tipton, Dennis Tipton, Thomas Tipton and John Tipton; his 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

“On to greener fairways, Pop Pop Tip. We love you.”

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Memorial services were scheduled for July 5, 2017, at Parsell Funeral Home & Crematorium, Georgetown, Del., with interment at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro Del. Condolences may be sent online at