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Obituary: Philip Lippo


December 20, 2019

Philip Lippo

Philip Lippo, 78, of Cromwell passed away in his home Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, with family at his side.

Phil was born near Frederick, South Dakota, to Matt and Lola Lippo. He grew up and attended school in Cromwell. He joined theU.S. Marine Corps in 1960 and served with the military police at Lemoore, California, until he was honorably discharged in 1964.

Phil and Delores “Dee” Peterson Bridge were married in Cromwell in 1970. They farmed near Tamarack and operated Dee’s Café in Cromwell. Phil also worked for Carpenters Local 361 until his retirement. He served with the Cromwell Volunteer Fire Department and on the Cromwell City Council for over 30 years.

Dee passed away Oct. 18, 1986. Phil and Dawn Monson wed in 1989. Phil enjoyed hunting and the outdoors, and the couple were active members of the Cromwell Sno-Gophers and the Evergreen Pac ATV clubs. Following retirement, they enjoyed traveling and spending time with family.

Philip was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Delores; and brothers Darold, Gerald, Andy and Lee Lippo.

He is survived by his wife, Dawn; son, Craig (Susie) Lippo; stepchildren, Mack (Trina) Bridge, Steve (Shari) Bridge, Greg (Sue) Bridge, and Linda Entzi; sister, Margaret “Peg” Karppinen; brother Gary (Mary) Lippo; sisters-in-law, Junice Lippo and Judy Lippo; ten grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Thursday, Dec. 19 in Bethany Lutheran Church in Cromwell. A time of lunch and fellowship will follow in the church social hall. Spring inurnment will be at Eagle Lake Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see


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