Frederick Lipka Obituary (1933 – 2022) – Wilkes-Barre, PA

Frederick P. Lipka, 89, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Tuesday morning, Sept. 27, 2022, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Twp.

Born March 29, 1933, in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Phillip and Helen Grabowski Lipka and the stepson of the late Leonard Sokoloski.

Fred was a graduate of GAR Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre, and was a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, attaining the rank of airman (AN). A skilled Navy pilot, he would take off and land on aircraft carriers. Upon his honorable discharge from active service, Fred attended Penn State University, earning his bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant administration in 1957.

Fred loved to work and had an amazing resume. He started as an executive trainee at The Bon Marché, Seattle, Wash., in 1957; he was director of food service at Joske’s Houston, Houston, Texas, from 1957 to 1968; general manager of Sporting Arena’s Food Services and City Convention Center at The Astrodome, Houston, Texas, from 1968 to 1970; general manager of Newberry Estate Lodge and Country Club, Dallas, from 1970 to 1972; Corporate Director of Food and Beverage at Woodward and Lothrop, Washington, DC, from 1972 to 1975; director of restaurant services at Giant Open Air Markets, Norfolk, Va., from 1975 to 1976; food broker-partnership at CJM International, Norfolk, Va., from 1976 to 1983; and director of foods and beverages at Montage Ski and Summer Resort, Scranton, from 1984 to 1992.

After retiring from the food and beverage workforce in 1992, Fred began his second career in car sales, first at Ertley Motor World, and later at Ken Pollock Maserati, never retiring and working until his passing. He was an avid Penn State football fan and enjoyed going out to dinner with his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Shirley Lumsden, in 1978.

Surviving are his son, Phillip Lipka and his wife, Trish, Laflin; sister, Sandra Eck, Bowie, Md.; and nieces and nephews.

Fred’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of ICU at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for the wonderful care given to Fred, and to their family and friends for the love and prayers they received over the past two weeks.

Funeral services with military honors accorded by the US Navy will be held at 7 pm Friday from Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Twp. Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 pm Friday.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice in Fred’s memory.

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Published by Citizens Voice from Sep. 28 to Sep. 29, 2022.

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