Frederick "Vetro" Hippert, 84, of Covington, VA, died January 1, 2018.
Born April 9, 1933, and raised by Tom and Margaret Watts, Frederick "Vetro" Hippert and his brothers, Tom, Bailey, Roy, and Ritchie, grew up in south Covington, VA.
Although post-Depression living was difficult, Fred did his best to provide his family a sense of normalcy in a world that offered little hope. He met and eventually married his lifelong partner, Elizabeth (Betty) Coiner in 1954, with the consent of her parents, Ira and Glee Coiner.
Fred enlisted in the Army during his courtship of Betty. Upon marriage, they moved to Arlington and began a family, having three children, Judy, Philip, and Andrew. He worked for the U.S. government, but developed an interest in banking. Hard work and performance recognition quickly led to his advancement in banking. He was a strong advocate for people who needed financial assistance; he listened to people and took particular interest in helping them, considering character rather than relying solely on financial data when making lending decisions.
In 1988, Fred became a grandfather to the first of 6 grandchildren; Matthew, Ashley, Stephanie, Mallory, Lauren, and Elliot. He took great pride in sharing their development and accomplishments as they have grown into young adults. Fred loved to talk about his grandchildren.
He never missed a chance to share the latest stories about each one.
Those who spent time with Fred knew he was a kind, compassionate man. He sincerely cared about the people surrounding him. He held strong, personal beliefs, but was always attentive to the opinions of others. Those who knew him are all blessed to have shared their lives with such a fine human being. The family will miss the man they have loved for so long.
The family will announce a date to gather and share love for their Dad this coming spring.
McGrawFuneral Home in Lewisburg, WV, is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary originally published in the January 4, 2018 edition of The West Virginia Daily News.