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Thomas Anthony Ipsan, 88, a longtime Cedar Rapids resident, recently of Mount Vernon, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha.

Visitation is scheduled from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Mount Vernon. Funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, with visitation one hour prior at All Saints Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids. Burial: St. John's Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; his children, Christopher (Ellen) Ipsan, Lisa (Edward) Van Der Heiden, Nina (Matt) Stanley, Kathryn (Scott) Matchett, Robin (Charlotte) Ipsan, and Matthew (Melissa) Ipsan; stepson, Matt Lehner; stepdaughter, Monica (Jeff) Meeker; 16 grandchildren Mariah, Sara, Alex, Maddie, Connor, Chelsea, Tony, Brandon, Tyler, Ian, Emrie, Olivia, Sydney, Jackson, Jaydon and Jensen; two great-grandchildren, Liam and Sawyer; brother, David (Marge) Ipsan; sisters, Nancy Schmidt and Barbara Jost; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Thomas was born July 24, 1929, in Fairfield, Iowa, to Anthony and Christena (Dimmitt) Ipsan. He attended Wilson High School, Cedar Rapids, where he participated in many sports, and graduated in 1947; he then went on to Coe College and Iowa State University. Tom worked at Kehrer-Wheatland for several years, and during that time formed a business partnership to create Arrowhead Forest in rural Cedar Rapids, where he built the first house and lived for three decades. Tom was the former president and owner of Appleby and Horn Tile Co., retiring after 30 years. Tom served on many boards over the years, including the Mount Vernon High School board, where he served a term as president and the Hawkeye Section Mercedes-Benz Club, and was the Linn County representative for the Iowa Barn Foundation.

Tom's love of literature inspired his children to be avid readers; he also enjoyed "communing with nature" as he called his outdoor activities, especially caring for the last house he designed and built outside of Mount Vernon. He appreciated barns, traveling (especially Croatia), driving his Mercedes and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents; beloved first wife, Mary Kay (Rasmussen); and brother-in-law, Clifford Schmidt.

Memorials can be given in Tom's name to the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy or the Alzheimer's Association.
Published on February 11, 2018
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