Timothy "Chip" Chipley

Timothy "Chip" Chipley


September 27, 1962 - October 3, 2023


Timothy “Chip” Chipley, 61, of Mitchell, SD, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2023, at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Modesto, CA. A Celebration of Life will be Wednesday, October 11, from 10-11:30 AM with a prayer service at 11:30 AM at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Graveside services with military honors will follow at Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell.

Timothy Craig Chipley, known to many of those close to him as “Chip,” was born in Redding, California on September 27th, 1962, to William “Dub” Curtis Chipley Sr. and Annie Simpson. He lived in Northern California throughout his childhood with two older brothers, Curtis and Dennis Chipley.

Tim graduated from Central Valley High School in 1981 and joined the United States Air Force later that year, where he served as an aircraft mechanic for just short of a decade. During his time in the Air Force, he was able to travel the world, being stationed in various places such as Alaska, Korea, Florida, and Rapid City, South Dakota.

It was while he was stationed in Rapid City in 1985 that he met Laurianne Styles-Wantoch, who would later become his wife. The two were married on July 17th, 1993, in Mitchell, SD, and together over the course of their marriage, raised three daughters, Kayla, Taysha, and Bryanna. They also shared seven grandchildren from their two oldest daughters, Lauryn, Lily, and Lexa Lux, and Tayla, Taitlyn, Tayvalin, and Maverick Wantoch.

While in Mitchell, Tim worked in various welding and construction jobs at companies such as Dakota Pump, Twin City Fan, Hendrickson Turner, and finally Palace Builders, where he spent most of his career. He also managed the local American Legion Café, working alongside friends, his brother-in-law Michael, and youngest daughter Bryanna, for a short period of time before retiring in 2021. At this time, he and his girlfriend Vernette Derdall moved out of Mitchell together. The two spent the last 2 years traveling the Western United States: visiting various national parks, sightseeing, and visiting friends and family, before settling in Modesto, CA.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents, William and Annie Chipley.


Wednesday, October 11, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Wednesday, October 11, 2023
11:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Kathi on April 14, 2024
Condolences to the family. I served with Chip in Homestead in 89/90.. great friend, infectious laugh, beautiful memories. RIP old sweet friend. Muah, from your lil chef lol
Posted by Andrea (Granese) Emerson on October 12, 2023
You left us 9 days ago and it still doesn’t feel real. I knew you over 40 years and now I am left without one of my best friends. You will forever hold a place in my heart and you will be forever be missed. Rest in peace my dear friend.
Posted by Nancy Huntley on October 11, 2023
I will miss your humor, your laugh and the way you called me butt head. We laughed and cried together. The best friend, roommate, commrad anyone could ask for. We have always been there for each other. You called me Sis and I called you Brother when you weren't calling me butt head. Love you. Your beautiful heart will be greatly missed. ♥️
Posted by Diana Grimes on October 9, 2023
My condolences to the Chipley family. So many memories with Tim and family. (THANKS FOR ALL THOSE PRECIOUS MEMORIES)
Posted by Hollie Karber on October 8, 2023
So sorry for your loss,
Posted by Carol Crider-Thornton on October 8, 2023
Tim was always a happy smile to share with, just reconnected with my friend from Central Valley High School. He was busy babysitting and taking care of animals. He will be missed by so many. Prayers for his family and friends.
Posted by Vernette Derdall on October 8, 2023
I am STRUGGLING how to "re-learn" life by myself..... I MISS so much about you!!! I LOVE (LOVED) your INFECTIOUS laugh , great sense of humor and AMAZING singing voice!! We would laugh until we were crying!!! Tim loved listening to music. We would take turns picking out songs for hours. Tim loved traveling. We saw the redwoods on a tour down at Santa Cruz , went to Yosemite National Park, amazing by the way a must see! We went fall of last year. For Tim's 60th birthday I threw 3 parties for him and the finale' was Pit tickets Kid Rock. Sparks Nevada. We NEVER fought just LOVED💕💕!!!!
**EVERY DAY Is a Gift, tomorrow isn't promised. I Love you more!!!
Posted by Julie jameson on October 7, 2023
Tim was are River watcher monitoring flow of river @ his back door enjoying his days with us, we miss you @ rivers edge.
Posted by Dan and Sharyl Mihalik. on October 7, 2023
Your gift in life to others was your fun loving heart . You are joy playfulness laughter and togetherness. May your spirit continue to bring those gifts to other souls in Heaven. We will be praying for those who loved you, and those you loved also. May God bring them great memories of time spent with you. Love you and see you in Heaven.
Posted by Karla suelflow on October 7, 2023
So sad gone to soon you have my sympathy and prayers
Posted by Scott Petersen on October 7, 2023
Sorry to hear of Tim's passing, he gave me some happy memories of my past. Prayers for all.
Posted by Julie Hegg on October 7, 2023
We are so very sorry for your loss, keeping loved ones in my prayers.🙏🏻
Posted by Tammy McGregor on October 6, 2023
Prayers! Gone to young. Tim we had good times working together at The Legion. Rest in peace.
Posted by Victor Rodriguez on October 6, 2023
Good Guys Die Young Man!!!I'll See You In The Other Side Bro!!!!R.I.P.!!!
Posted by Greg Lee on October 6, 2023
Way to young for you to be gone old friend. I’ll never forget all the good times we had working on all them metal buildings and grain bins for Palace Builders. Every time I think of you, and your infectious laugh will make me smile. You WILL be remembered. Heaven now has the most unique angel to deal with. Love ya like a brother.
Posted by Cynthia Rodriguez on October 6, 2023
My condolences, Getting to know him over the last year, I could see he was a kind gentle man who loved love you very much. Through God’s love, I pray that He grant you the comfort that He alone can give. My heart is with you.
Posted by Linda Maske on October 6, 2023
Rest in peace
Posted by Roger Lachney on October 6, 2023
So sory for your loss, was a family friend from Central Valley, its another one gone to soon,
Posted by Holly Ackernecht on October 6, 2023
Such a good heart we love you uncle Tim so dang much. ❤️
Posted by Charolette Peterson on October 6, 2023
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and family.
Posted by Marge Wagner on October 6, 2023
So sad and so young gone way to soon you have my sympathy and prayers
Posted by Curtis Chipley on October 6, 2023
Gone too soon, but will never be forgotten. You were my baby brother and I loved from the time you were brought home from the hospital. Rest In Peace, go fly high on that mountain.
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