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Robert P. Lipps, salesman, WW II veteran

Robert P. Lipps, 91, a retired salesman who was a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II, died Oct. 31 of cardiac arrest at an assisted living facility in Charlotte, N.C.

The death was confirmed by his daughter, Dorothy Nelson.

Mr. Lipps worked as a sales representative for Hackney & Sons, a now-defunct trucking body company, from 1962 until his retirement in 1985. Earlier in his career, he worked in sales for the soft-drink companies Royal Crown Cola and 7-Up.

Robert Paul Lipps was born in Alexandria and was a 1938 graduate of George Washington High School.

During World War II, he was a second lieutenant in the Army. He registered 555 flight hours and was a prisoner of war in Merseburg, Germany, from July 1944 to July 1945. He received three Air Medals.

Mr. Lipps lived in Alexandria before moving to Charlotte in 1993.

He was a past officer of Alexandria’s Belle Haven Country Club and a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, where he served on the vestry.

His wife of 47 years, Alice Johnson Lipps, died in 1999.

Survivors include three children, Katherine Spets of Portsmouth, R.I., Bryan Lipps of Charlotte and Dorothy Nelson of West Hartford, Conn.; eight grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

— Megan McDonough

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