Charles "Cliff" Dipman, age 72, of Manhattan, died October 20, 2019, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, KS. He was born February 17, 1947, in Pratt, Kansas, the son of Charles Gaylord Dipman and Hermina "Minnie" Kuhn.
Cliff attended Pratt High School, where he graduated in 1965. Upon high school graduation Cliff attended the "school of hard knocks," ultimately leading him to the career that he loved. Cliff worked as the Golf Course Superintendent at the Manhattan Country Club from 1981 until 2013. In his thirty-two years working at the Manhattan Country Club, he was able to make many valuable improvements, working alongside dedicated club members. He also served as a mentor for many students. Cliff took great pride in his ability to mentor others and loved to share his passion and dedication. After retiring from the Manhattan Country Club, Cliff went on to work for the Rocky Ford Turfgrass Research Station at K-State where he was a research assistant.
In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing, gardening and K-State Sports. You could also find him watching a Royals game or fixing things his wife Christy broke; he was always so handy! He looked forward to golf meetings with his buddies and being outdoors on beach trips. He most loved being with his family and friends. Cliff was blessed with two sets of twin grandchildren and went from 0 to 4 grandchildren in six months. His grandchildren were the light of his life and in the hardest times, kept him strong. Cliff was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, a member, past President, and director of the Kansas Golf Course Superintendents Association, and a member, past President, and director of the Turfgrass Foundation, and a longtime member of the GCSAA. Cliff was the strongest man we knew; in the hardest times of his life, he never lost faith in God. He was always smiling. His go-to phrase was "it is what it is" he lived by those words and he held his head high as he fought a courageous battle. He was always taking care of everyone, mentoring, guiding, and showing his love. Cliff was a quiet man but impacted many lives. His strength and guidance will be missed by many.
Survivors include his wife: Christy of Manhattan; two children: Kelsey Gabel (Mike) of Chicago, IL, Cortney Youngers (Nic) of Junction City, KS; 4 grandchildren Charlie and Jameson Gabel, Leah and Laila Youngers; two siblings: Norma Voss (Harold) of Pratt KS, David Dipman (Kay) of (Olathe), and his faithful little dog Laci Jo.
Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters: Cheryl Clinesmith, Ann Fenwick, Penni Gard and his brother Mark Dipman.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, October 25, at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church with Father Frank Coady as Celebrant. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery, Manhattan, Kansas. A Parish Vigil will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 24, at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Manhattan, Kansas. The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:00 P.M. at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Manhattan, Kansas.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas More Catholic Church or to the Good Shepherd Hospice House, Manhattan, KS. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.