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Retired Army Col. Richard Allen Hippler, 86, of Fredericksburg, formerly of Dumfries and Great Falls, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at home.
He was born July 22, 1926, in Detroit, Mich., a son of Roy Hippler and Charlotte Loepp Hippler.
Col. Hippler will be remembered by family, friends and peers as a man of courage and integrity whose commitment to his country was unsurpassed. He was a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Army, occupying every enlisted and officer grade from private through full colonel. He commanded at squad, platoon, company, battalion and brigade levels. He served in Europe and the Far East for 11 years; directed a U.S. government multi-agency advisory team; served as a faculty member, course director and instructor for two senior-level military colleges and coordinated plans and programs with U.S. embassies and foreign heads of state throughout the world. Among his decorations are the World War II Victory Medal, Korean War Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (3 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze), Vietnamese Honor Medal, Vietnamese Social Welfare Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Presidential Unit Citation. His specialty ratings included Combat Infantry, Master Parachutist, Gliderist and Pathfinder.
In the civilian sector, Col. Hippler provided technical services to the Department of Defense and various federal agencies as a project engineer, senior program manager and vice president of operations.
His educational background includes a B.A. in psychology from Park College and an M.S. in personnel administration and management from George Washington University. Col. Hippler also graduated from the following military schools: the Infantry School, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the National War College and the Foreign Services Institute (State Department).
Col. Hippler was a devoted husband to Dorothy, his wife of 65 years, who survives him at home. A proud and loving father, he is also survived by four children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren: Lorrie Villani, husband Vince and their daughter Olivia of Fredericksburg; Kenneth Hippler and wife Earlene of Ocala, Fla.; Debbie Dean of Fredericksburg and her children, Brian Dean of Woodbridge and Lesley Dean of Gainesville; Barbara Van Osten and husband George of Winchester and their children, Karl Van Osten, wife Lizzette and their daughter, Karla of Tupelo, Miss.; Elyssa Dunfee, husband Gene and their children, Georgia and Lyle of Charlottsville; Leanna Forster and husband Matthew of Winchester; and Erik Van Osten of Newport News.
Two sons, Lt. David Hippler and Curtis Hippler, preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Dorothy Martin, Carol Hayes and Charles Hippler.
Col. Hippler will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at a future date.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675, or online at woundedwarriorproject.org.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.