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On Sunday night Martin John Ippel went to sleep at his favorite place on earth, his cabin up north, and on Monday October 2 he woke up in heaven with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Marty enjoyed his last weekend with his son, Scott, and son-in-law, Mike, doing one of his favorite activities, bird hunting with his dog Gauge.

The son of John & Jeannette (DeYoung) Ippel, he was born on December 16, 1946 in Muskegon. Martin graduated from Muskegon Heights High School in 1965. He fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming a soldier when he joined the army in 1967. While serving in the army he earned a Purple Heart and Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars.

In 1972 Marty started his own independent insurance agency in Grand Haven, Ippel Insurance. He was an active member at Ferrysburg Community Church where he previously served as deacon and elder. More recently he filled his time by volunteering as a Kids Hope Mentor and at Once and Again.

Marty’s hobbies and interests were numerous. He enjoyed any sport but especially hockey, racquetball, and golf. He served as a coach for both of his kids’ soccer and softball/baseball teams. Marty loved hunting of every kind, from deer to elk, but none more than grouse and woodcock hunting. When hunting season was closed, he turned to the waters and his boat to fish for bluegill. On most any summer weekend you could find him out on East Bass Lake.

Marty was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his loving wife, Sherry Ann (Schrader) Ippel of Spring Lake; children, Scott (Erica) Ippel of Grand Haven and Stacey (Mike) Waldo of Grand Haven; four beloved grandsons, Ben & Jason Waldo and Lucas Martin & Marcus Ippel; and sister, Sara (Charles) Wilks.

Memorial services with full military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Ferrysburg Community Church, 17785 Mohawk Dr. Spring Lake, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to one of our local Christian schools: GHC or WMC.

Marty was greatly loved by both family and friends. HE WILL BE MISSED UNTIL WE JOIN HIM IN HEAVEN!

Honoring his wishes cremation will take place.To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Martin’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, exclusive provider of Veterans Funeral Care


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