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Mr. Ned L. Hippensteel

March 8, 1941 ~ August 23, 2018 (age 77)

Mr. Ned L. Hippensteel, 77, of Galesburg, Illinois died at 9:00 am Thursday, August 23, 2018 at his home.

He was born March 8, 1941 in Robinson, Illinois the son of Ned L. and Elizabeth W. Smith Hippensteel, Sr. He married Tamara Dennis.

Ned is survived by his daughter, Stefani (Mark) Gillen of Monmouth, Illinois; his son-in-law, Tom Drauden of Galesburg; five grandchildren, Addison and Jackson Gillen and Paige (Zach) Leihenseder, Cody and Charles Drauden; one great granddaughter, Hadley and his special friend, Kathleen Leahr of Galesburg. He is preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Sherri Drauden, his sister, Patricia Stinson and a special friend, Jan Canterbury Kaspar.

Ned worked as the executive director for KCCDD for 27 years, retiring in September 2004. He graduated from Robinson High School in 1959. Ned received his Bachelor of Science in 1969 and his Master Degree in 1983 both from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He was of the Methodist faith and had been attending Bethel Baptist Church.

Ned served as Vice President and President of the Knox County Human Service Council. He served on the board of directors for the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities and the FMRD. He served as president for the Western Illinois Special Conference for the Handicapped. He was an officer and board member of Cedar Creek Illinois and the Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging. Ned also was an officer, board of director and co-founder of the Triumph Services (Camp Kidz).

Ned had a love for nature: enjoying cross country motorcycle trips, canoeing, camping and visiting national parks. He enjoyed visiting war memorials and listening to jazz music. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his grandchildren.

Graveside services are scheduled for 10:00 am Wednesday, August 29, 2018 in Warren County Hope Cemetery, near Alexis. Deacon Michael Crummer will officiate. Cremation will be accorded and no visitation is planned. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or Camp Big Sky, PO Box 56, Farmington, Illinois. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services are assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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