Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 06:10:01 :
Friday, May 18, 1962
Harry J. Pipps, retired mining engineer, died on his 84th birthday yesterday after collapsing of a stroke in the Novato home where he had resided alone since the death of his daughter eight weeks ago.
A granddaughter, Mrs. Muriel Clausen of San Rafael, went to the home at 1037 Second Street shortly after noon. She found the house locked. Through a window, she saw Pipps lying on the floor of his bedroom.
Mrs. Clausen called Novato police, who broke into the house. Pipps was sent to Novato Hospital by United Ambulance, but died about an hour later. Death was attributed to a stroke.
He had moved to Novato 14 months ago to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Jeanne Spoto. She died on March 26.
Pipps was a mining engineer for 40 years with the Chief Consolidated Mining Co. in Eureka, Utah. He was a native of Utah.
Besides Mrs. Clausen, he leaves four other grandchildren in Fresno and Los Angeles.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow in t he Redwood Funeral Chapel in Novato. Burial will be in Eureka, Utah.
Saturday, May 19, 1962
Rites Held For Harry J. Pitts
Services for Harry J. Pitts, retired mining engineer, were held today at Redwood Funeral Chapel in Novato.
Pitts’ name was incorrectly reported in yesterday’s Independent Journal.
He died in a local hospital on his 84th birthday Thursday shortly after collapsing in his home from a stroke.
He had lived with his son-in-law, Frank Spoto, at 1037 Second Street in Novato for 14 months. His daughter, Mrs. Jeanne Spoto, died two months ago.
Pitts was a mining engineer for 40 years with the Chief Consolidated Mining Co. in Eureka, Utah.
A native of Utah, he leaves five grandchildren. One, Mrs. Muriel Clausen of San Rafael, discovered Pitts collapsed on the floor of his home Thursday. Others are Thomas Kipps of Fresno, Albert Kipps Jr. of La Canada, Harry Kipps of Whittier and Haidee Schlecht of Milwaukee, Wis.
He leaves a sister, Mrs. Ella Brasch of Santa Monica, and a daughter, Mrs. Winifred Kipps of Fresno.
Burial will be in the family plot in Eureka, Utah, His wife, who died eight years ago, is buried there.
The CA Death Index gives his birth date as May 17, 1878; his mother’s maiden name was Hamilton.
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