Robert Samuel Klipping, 83, formerly of Elk River, died in Colorado in the home that he designed, viewing Pikes Peak, surrounded by family members, Wednesday, April 25, 2012.
He was born in Glasston, N.D. on Dec. 5, 1928, to Roy and Marie Klipping and grew up in Elk River. He served in the military in California and relocated to Colorado Springs where he fell in love with and married Gayle Swanson.
He graduated from Colorado College with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology in 1953. He went on to work as a successful geophysicist for over 60 years.
Early in his career his job took his family to many locations in the Rocky Mountain region. In 1966 his job took him to Denver, where he worked for Pennzoil as their exploration manager for the Rocky Mountain Region. In 1979 Mr. Klipping formed his own consulting and exploration company, which he operated for 33 years.
He was a member of the Denver Geophysical Society, The Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, The American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
His interests included astronomy, history, architecture and archeology; he collected antique cars and was an unparalleled woodworker, gardener and landscaper. According to his family, “He never missed an opportunity to laugh and tell a joke over good food, good drink and with good people.”
Arrangements and interment were by Memorial Gardens Cemetery & Funeral Home in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Mr. Klipping is survived by his wife, Gayle; their three daughters, Barbara (Dr. Michael) Schwartz, Sharon Klipping and Joan Klipping (Christopher Findlater); his brother, Vernon; brothers-in-law, Myron and Edward Swanson; four grandchildren; and by many nephews, nieces and friends.
He was preceded in his death by his siblings, Lona Sage, Wayne Klipping, Marian Klipping, Jeanne Klipping, Phyllis Hefner, Inez Klipping Elliott, Doris Eggleston, Rochelle Thomson and Richard Klipping.