Murele Andrew Ipsen
January 22, 1925– October 27, 2020
Murele was the oldest son of Murrell P. Ipsen and Florence (Hendrickson) Ipsen. The Ipsen family lived in Georgetown, andMurele graduated from Cleveland High School in 1943. World War II was in full swing, so he was drafted into the army, finished boot camp at FortCarson, Colorado, and shipped out for Europe. He was captured along with many in his unit in Holland and was a POW in Germany for about six months. After arriving back in Seattle, he became a sheet metal worker and worked for A.O. Smith for many years until he retired. During his time at A.O.Smith, he met Rose Mary Brown, who became his wife of 29 years until her passing in 2011.
Murele was an interesting man with many stories, and he was well-loved by his stepchildren and grandchildren, his nephews, and his niece. His faith was important to him, and he had a personal relationship with JesusChrist as his savior.“…I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die….”(John 11:25-26).
Murele was quiet, determined, self-effacing, and kind. He will be greatly missed. He was buried at Tahoma NationalCemetery on November 13th with family and friends in attendance.