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Kerry Chipman

Kerry Kay Chipman

Tuesday, December 28th, 1954 - Thursday, February 21st, 2019
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Obituary

Kerry Kay Chipman (age 64) of Orem, Utah died in his home on February 21, 2019 after a courageous 11-month battle with brain cancer. Kerry was born on December 28, 1954 in Provo, Utah to D. Ray Chipman and June Mower.

After graduating from American Fork High School, he served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Milano, Italy. His service sparked the beginning of a lifelong love of the Italian people and culture. He graduated from BYU and married Tamera Bussio in the Salt Lake LDS Temple in 1983.

Kerry’s 31-year career in the car wash industry began in 1988 when he purchased a Super Wash in Orem, Utah. He talked with, and enjoyed getting to know, his customers. He held a special place in his heart for those with a culturally diverse background. Many lifelong friendships were formed at the car wash. Kerry owned and operated four car washes between Provo and Taylorsville.

Kerry loved to travel with his family and especially enjoyed going for a “burn” (road trip). His favorite destinations included Lake Powell, the Uintah Mountains, southern California and Italy. He claimed Tamera’s relatives from Italy as his own and talked to them almost daily. He always wished to be there with them. Kerry was gifted with language and could speak multiple languages fluently. He made friends wherever he went, and he kept in touch with people from all over the world.

Kerry’s loud, boisterous and unique personality was infectious and made him the center of attention. He made people feel comfortable in an instant, and he loved with his whole heart. He knew no stranger. He had an incredible sense of humor and was larger than life. Those that knew Kerry loved him, and those that met him instantly felt of his love and fun personality. In March 2018, his brain cancer diagnosis manifested this love as many people reached out and shared concern. It was during the last year of his life that he needed Tamera with him always. He honored her and cared deeply for her, especially during his last year. His legacy of love for people and humor live on.

Kerry is survived by his wife Tamera, children Candace (Jared) Lish, Zach (Haley), Cole, five grandchildren (Emery, Alise, Vivian, Hollen and Samson), brother Todd (Lani) and sister Cindy (Michael) Sumsion. He was preceded in death by his parents D. Ray and June, as well as his two brothers Craig and Robby.

A viewing will be held at Nelson Family Mortuary at 4780 N University Avenue in Provo on Sunday, February 24 from 6:00-8:00pm. A second viewing will be held at the LDS Chapel Monday, February 25 at 575 E 800 N in Orem from 9:30-10:45am. The funeral will follow in the same building at 11:00. The burial will be held at East Lawn Memorial Gardens.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 24th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Sunday, February 24th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    Address
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Second Visitation

    Monday, February 25th, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:45am
    When
    Monday, February 25th, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
    Location
    Canyon View LDS Stake Center
    Address
    575 E 800 N
    Orem, Utah 84097
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  • Service

    Monday, February 25th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday, February 25th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Canyon View LDS Stake Center
    Address
    575 E 800 N
    Orem, Utah 84097
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  • Interment

    Location
    Eastlawn Memorial Hills
    Address
    Address Not Available

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Rand and Camille Bell

Posted at 05:30pm
So sorry to hear of Kerry's passing. I'm sure his mother welcomed him with open arms. We think of your family often and have such a love for our Junie. May the Lord bless your family at this difficult time.
JR

Jackie R.

Posted at 04:39pm
Dear family. I am very sorry to have read of the recent death of your loved one, Kerry. Please accept my sincere condolences. I would like to share something that I have personally found to be very comforting. It is found in the Bible at John 5:28,29 and also Revelation 21:3-5. These verses tell us that soon God is going to bring about a resurrection of our dear loved ones, as well as do away with all of the many causes we have for suffering, including sickness, pain & death. Knowing this has always comforted me and it is my hope that these thoughts from the Bible will likewise comfort your family and will also ease some of your pain during this most difficult time in your lives.

JS

James Shill

Posted at 03:59pm
Sad to hear of Kerry's passing, and his battle with brain cancer. Kerry and I had many laughs as youth in the same neighborhood. His family was an integral part of my "world" growing up, and I have fond memories of Kerry, Cindy, and Todd.

I will never forget Kerry's laugh. Great man...great family. Goodbye old friend. Todd and Cindy, please know my thoughts are with you.
BR

BARRY ROGERS

Posted at 02:21pm
I was so shocked to see the obit for Kerry. I got to know him and most of the family from the car washes in Provo and Orem. I hope the family finds piece in knowing he is not in any discomfort now.
MP

Matt Petersen

Posted at 12:53pm
I was very saddened to see Kerry's obituary, and I hope and pray that you are all comforted during this time. He was and is a great man. I loved having him as a Priest Quorum advisor when I was living in your ward from 1985-1987, he was a great example and friend to us youth. I was talking to someone about him recently, I didn't know that he was ill. I look forward to seeing him again someday, having him call us "fellers" and saying "he's handier than a one armed paper hanger".
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