Donald Wayne Dippel, Sr., 76, of Destrehan, LA, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 31st, 2024 due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease. Born in Danevang, Texas, he was one of three brothers and carried with him a remarkable work ethic throughout his life. His dedication to service was evident in his 21 years of honorable service in the Coast Guard, and his subsequent career as a Project and Turnaround Planner/Scheduler for local refineries. Don lived his life with a full heart, as he loved to make memories with his family and cherished his role as the patriarch. His enthusiasm for life knew no bounds, whether he was casting a line into the water at the mere mention of biting fish, cruising the coast in his cherished 1969 Roadrunner, or combing the beach with his metal detector in search of hidden treasures. Known for his sense of humor, Don brought joy to those around him through his jokes and playful pranks. His love for Bluebell Homemade Vanilla ice cream was as sweet as his heart, and his warmth and kindness were felt by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Dorabel Dippel, Don is survived by his devoted wife of 32 years, Jessica Pizani Dippel; son Don Dippel, Jr.; daughters Jessica Richardson and Jennifer Brickman; sons-in-law Josh Richardson and Phil Brickman; daughter-in-law Alison Dippel; grandchildren Addie and Aiden Richardson, Isabelle Brickman, and Kyle and Whitney Dippel; brothers Ron and John Dippel; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends; and his beloved dog, Bleu. He was a loving husband, a treasured father, an amazing grandfather, and most of all, a really good man. We will miss him terribly.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life at Mothe Funeral Home, 7040 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, LA. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 4, from 4:00-8:00 pm, and Monday, February 5, from 9:00 am-1:30 pm, with a memorial service at 1:30 pm. Burial will follow at St. Pius Cemetery, 8151 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, LA.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that you consider making a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, honoring Don's courageous journey and contributing to the pursuit of a cure for this terrible disease.