Gary Hipp

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Gary R. Hipp, 84, of Belleville, IL, born October 26, 1939, in Sonora, CA, transitioned into eternity on Sunday, December 31, 2023, at his residence, surrounded by his loved ones.

Gary was a loving, devoted, and faithful husband and father. He was a lifetime student and researcher who earned his master’s degree in physical chemistry from Wichita State University. Gary worked as a chemist at GlaxoSmithKline before his retirement and became a 50-year member of the American Chemical Society. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Gary worshipped Jesus as a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

He was preceded in death by his son, Raymond A. Hipp; his parents, John Jacob and Viola T. Hipp, nee Harkins; and a brother, John Jay Hipp.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Corazon Hipp, nee Benitez; two daughters, Christine Hipp and JoAnn (Andrew) Heap; three grandchildren, Athena, Eaen and Vivienne Heap; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family would like to thank all their family and friends, for their care, concern, prayers, love and kindness during this difficult time.

Memorials may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School or to the Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A memorial mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Godfrey Mullen, OSB, and Msgr. Jack McEvilly concelebrating.

Burial of cremated remains will be at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


3 Comments on Gary Hipp

Jane G. Bonaldi said : Guest Report Mar 09, 2024 at 7:04 PM

I just recently heard of Gary’s passing. Please excuse me for missing this. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏

  • Belleville
  • IL
For His Glory Ministries said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2024 at 4:58 PM

We pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort Christine and her entire family, as they look to the Lord for his grace in these challenging days. We pray for the hope of the Resurrection to comfort the entire Hipp family, as they grieve with hope, and the promise of the Resurrection.

  • O’Fallon
  • MO
Enrico T Farinas said : Guest Report Feb 07, 2024 at 1:45 PM

To Gary's Family, Praying for comfort and strength in your time of sorrow. May Gary Rest in Peace.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois

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