Kipp Marvin Walter
Jun 8, 1964 – Feb 12, 2017
Kipp Marvin Walter was born June 8, 1964 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He moved to Washington state with his parents when he was just 2 months old. He grew up in the Bellevue and Kirkland areas and graduated from Juanita High School in 1982. In his youth he was an avid water and snow skier. Shortly after graduation he joined the US Navy, completed basic training in San Diego, CA and served aboard ship in the south Pacific from Hawaii to Australia to Korea.
Kipp loved boats and learned to sail when 10 years old. Growing up he was active in the Sea Scouts program and learned to race on a Hobie 16 with his father. He participated in many family sailing outings on Lake Washington and in the San Juan Islands.
After his Navy service he returned to Kirkland and started a career working at Boeing which spanned more than 31 years. He was never far from sailing and soon purchased his own 37 foot sailboat. In 2001 he found his "dream boat" Chalupa, a Formosa 51, and moved his life full time aboard ship. Other activities included white water kayaking and dirt bike riding.
Kipp lost his mother Marsha when he was 13, his grandparents and cousin, Jeff, in recent years, as well as his first wife.
He is survived by his infant son Corbin, and Corbin's half brother Evan, and their mother Arlene Thiessen, his father Marvin and stepmother Rosemary, his sister Kristi Jones and her husband Tim as well as by a large and loving extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins,his former wife Patty, and many other valued friends from the Boeing and boating communities that he loved.
Kipp passed on from this life, peacefully, in his sleep on February 12, 2017. His life will be celebrated at a gathering on Tuesday, February 21, at 4:00 p.m. at Bonney-Watson Federal Way at 1535 SW Dash Point Road. His ashes will be mingled with the waters of the San Juan Islands at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in Kipp's memory to his 2-month-old son, Corbin Kipp Walter. An account has been set up for Corbin and will be managed by Kipp's sister, Kristi Jones, as executor of his estate.
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