Our beloved father, brother, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather was called home on December 11, 2022 with his daughters and family at his side. Gail was born on August 26, 1944 to Clarence and Edna Nipper (Christmann) in Butte, Montana. He was the first born and only son, with 5 younger sisters. Evelyn Smith, June Workman, Barbara (Chuck) Caster, Charlotte (Bill) Cook and Linda (Ronald) Caster.
Gail had worked hard all his life. He began at a young age, side by side with his father at the Salt Lake County Landfill. Later he worked for Salt Lake City as a Utility Truck Driver working the sewer lines in the city.
Gail was drafted into the US Army in 1968 and was stationed in Germany. During his service he was a truck driver. He rebuilt his own truck and painted it with a mixture of black and OD green. His commanding officer reprimanded him due to the color not being within military regulation, but he was allowed to continue to drive it as is. Gail named his truck Proud Mary and shared so many stories of how this all came about. He said he had the best looking truck in the Military and was very proud of it. Gail was honorably discharged from the US Army in 1970. After returning home from overseas, Gail drove long haul for Hatchco and IML. Later in the 1980's, he continued to work as a Long haul Driver for Petrolane, SS Supply and finally retired in the 2010's with Warren Energy.
Gail married Kay Gomoll in September of 1960. They had two children together, Dale Nipper Jr and Sherry Nipper, and later divorced. After returning from his military service in Germany, he married his second wife Sharon Rock in May 1971. They had two children as well. Diane Nipper DeVaughn and Danny Nipper. They were later divorced.
Gail then married the love of his life Pat Cook Nipper on April 9, 1984. They were married for 38 years. Gail and Pat were a great example of true love through the good and hard times. They taught us what unconditional love was all about. They had two children, Shellie (Cori) Lennox Nipper and Amy (Daniel) Sebastian. Pat brought two beautiful children to the family William (Amber) Baxter and DeeAnna (Kat) Baxter-Stone.
Gail was a very humble man. His previous employers have stated that he was the best driver the company ever had. He didn't have to brag about all of his life accomplishments, you could see it in how he kept his home and cared for his family. Those of you that knew Gail also knew he always had the nicest trucks around. The coffee was always on. Friends and family spent many happy times with Gail at his home around his kitchen and patio tables throughout the years. There were many games of Poker, Uno and Rummy. Many stories were shared about growing up and watching us kids grow as well. Gail and Pat's home was the place to go to celebrate all of the best things that life had to offer, as well as finding comfort through difficult times. He is the pillar of our family and will be greatly missed. We will not say goodbye, just see you later. Save us a spot at the table.
Gail is survived by 7 children; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters; and many nieces and nephews.
Gail is preceded in death by his true love and wife Pat Nipper; his parents Clarence and Edna Nipper; his beloved son Danny Nipper; and 3 of his sisters: Evelyn Smith, June Workman and Barbara Caster. "What a reunion they are having"
Viewing and services will be held Monday, December 19, 2022 at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 So. Redwood Rd., Taylorsville, Utah. Viewing from 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. followed by services at 11:00 a.m. A luncheon to follow at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1:00 p.m., 6710 West 4145 South, West Valley, Utah.
Burial with Military Honors will be on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the West Jordan City Cemetery, 7925 South 1300 West West Jordan, Utah.
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