Robert Ken­neth Hip­pert

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Dr. Robert “Bob” Ken­neth Hip­pert – fam­ily man, physi­cian and friend. A pas­sion­ate man about many things, Bob was most ded­i­cated to and proud of his fam­ily; his wife of 49 years, Nancy, their three chil­dren, seven grand­chil­dren, and two great-grand­chil­dren. He passed away sur­rounded in love by his wife and chil­dren on Tues­day, Septem­ber 24, 2019, at the age of 70. He was born on Septem­ber 9, 1949, in Al­len­town, PA to Robert Ben­jamin Hip­pert and Joyce Kin­caid Hip­pert. Bob was a grad­u­ate of Wil­liam Allen High School, Kutztown Univer­sity and the Navy schol­ar­ship pro­gram through the Philadel­phia Col­lege of Os­teo­pathic Medicine (PCOM).

Mo­ti­vated by an ill­ness that left him bedrid­den for a year as a child, he be­came a physi­cian – which was not only what he did, it was the essence of who he was as a man. Upon com­plet­ing his ser­vice to the Navy, Bob, Nancy and their three chil­dren moved to Fleet­wood,

PA. One of the found­ing part­ners of Fleet­wood Med­i­cal As­so­ciates, which was es­tab­lished in 1980, he con­tin­ued to pro­vide care to the Fleet­wood com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing lo­cal schools, un­til his death. He was the med­i­cal direc­tor for Manor Care, Lau­rel­dale and Manor Care, Sink­ing Spring and, for the last 37 years, pro­vided health care to stu­dents at the Kutztown Univer­sity Health Cen­ter where he par­tic­u­larly en­joyed pro­vid­ing side­line care dur­ing Golden Bears foot­ball games.

Bob was on the staff of Penn State Health St. Joseph Med­i­cal Cen­ter since 1987. He served in a va­ri­ety of lead­er­ship po­si­tions, in­clud­ing as pres­i­dent of the med­i­cal staff and mem­ber of the Penn State Health St. Joseph board of direc­tors. He was the first pres­i­dent of Penn State Health Care Part­ners and con­tin­ued as a mem­ber of the board and ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee. Most re­cently, in Au­gust 2019, the Penn­syl­va­nia So­ci­ety of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Os­teo­pathic Fam­ily Physi­cians hon­ored Dr. Robert Hip­pert as the 2019 Fam­ily Physi­cian of the Year dur­ing its 44th an­nual sym­po­sium. In be­stow­ing the honor, the so­ci­ety noted that Dr. Hip­pert is “es­teemed by his fel­low physi­cians for out­stand­ing ser­vice to his pro­fes­sion and com­mu­nity”.

Bob is sur­vived by his wife, Nancy, his daugh­ter Kim­berly Hip­pert-Evers­gerd and her hus­band, Jerome; his son Robert B. Hip­pert and his wife Rachel; his daugh­ter Jen­nifer Iwu and her hus­band Beau Bosley – along with seven grand­chil­dren, Ryne, Bon­nie,

Tommy, Char­lie, Lila, Reece and Owen, and two great­grand­chil­dren, Sofia and Se­bas­tian. He is also sur­vived by his sis­ter, JulieAnn Millington.

Those wish­ing to honor Dr. Hip­pert are wel­come to join in A Cel­e­bra­tion of Life any time be­tween the hours of 1-4pm on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 5, 2019, at the Berk­shire Coun­try Club in Read­ing, PA. In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily re­quests con­tri­bu­tions be made to sup­port the Fam­ily Medicine Res­i­dency Pro­gram at Penn State Health St. Joseph in mem­ory of Dr. Robert Hip­pert. To make a gift on­line please visit en­gage.pennstate­health. org/hip­pert. Checks may be mailed to: Penn State

Health St. Joseph, Of­fice of De­vel­op­ment, PO Box 316, Read­ing PA 19603. Please make checks payable to Penn State; memo line "PSHSJ Res­i­dency".

Kuhn Funeral Home & Cre­ma­tory, Inc., Tem­ple is hon­ored to as­sist the Hip­pert fam­ily. Con­do­lences may be ex­pressed at www.kuh­n­fu­ner­al­homes.com.

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