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David Merrill Sipe

October 12, 1952 September 21, 2019
David Merrill Sipe
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David M. Sipe, 66, of Knoxville died Saturday, September 21, 2019. David was born on October 12, 1952 in Oak Ridge, TN to Albert L. and Evelyn Ann Sipe. He was a happy healthy baby weighing in at a whopping 8+ pounds! He was the third of five children (four boys and one girl). He grew up in Oak Ridge and received his degree in Business from the University of Tennessee in 1976 and then entered his career in software sales, first at Control Data corporation and then at Oracle. He retired in 2008. Early in his career, David moved to New York where he met Anne Marie Gilroy. They moved together to Philadelphia and on October 21, 1983 they were married. David and Anne raised a son and a daughter, David and Jacqueline, in the greater Philadelphia area before moving back to East Tennessee in 2006.

If you ever talked to David, you would know him as an intelligent, inquisitive, well spoken, well- read man. David had interests in a variety of topics including history, politics, science, culture, and cuisine. He enjoyed Tom Clancy and James Mischner novels, among others. David also loved to travel. As his work required him to travel around the US, David came to learn the best places to go within every major American city. David was always eager to share his knowledge and experiences with his family, exposing them to new foods, cultures, and philosophical takes on life. Traveling with David was a delight. He seemed to know a city as if he grew up there. He never needed car directions and he never got lost. David enjoyed the outdoors, often biking on trails or taking his family on hikes. He always wanted a boat. As a young man, David spent time in Big Ridge as a lifeguard and was an excellent swimmer and diver. When growing up and visiting the public pool, I remembered David, my dad, a 200+ pound man, casually taking a break from his book to climb up to the high dive to execute a flawless a double front flip into the water! David was always very unassuming about his talents but that sense of humility is a virtue that he also passed onto his kids. Dad, you will be in our hearts always.

David was preceded in death by his father Albert, his mother Evelyn Ann, and his brother Dan. He is survived by his wife Anne, his children David and Jacqui, his sister Kathy, his brothers Alan and Mark, several nieces and nephews, and three beautiful grand daughters. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge at 6pm. For those who would like to meet afterwards in his memory, we will meet at Big Ed's Pizza for a casual get together after the memorial service. An on-line guest book can be signed at

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6:00 PM 9/26/2019 6:00:00 PM
Weatherford Mortuary

158 South Jefferson Circle
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Weatherford Mortuary
158 South Jefferson Circle Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States

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