Richard Lippoli, age 57, died Saturday, May 5 after a seven and a half year battle with cancer. He died at home and was surrounded by his wife, children, and mother.
Richard was born on February 16, 1961 to Richard and Esther Lippoli in Elmira, New York.
He graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1983. Upon graduating, he joined the Cincinnati office of Deloitte. Richard was admitted to the partnership in 1995 and spent his entire career with the firm. His colleagues said he was the ultimate role model in client service. He served his clients with distinction and his technical knowledge was simply outstanding in the field. Richard worked in the Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Kansas City offices of Deloitte. In 2000 he was recognized as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by the Indianapolis Business Journal.
Richard married Carol Dehne in June of 1985. They enjoyed 33 years of marriage and 37 years together. Richard and Carol have four children, Michelle (28), Stephanie (25), Thomas (23), and Joseph (20). Richard greatly loved his family and did everything he could for them. He especially loved touring Chicago with Michelle, attending Relay For Life with Steph, talking with Tommy about the Royals, and cheering on Joe’s football and basketball teams.
Richard enjoyed traveling with his family. Highlights of his travel included London, Paris, Hawaii, and Alaska. However, Richard’s favorite place to travel was the Smoky Mountains. Richard and Carol traveled to the Smokies with their children and friends from Xavier almost every year starting in 1991. Most of all, Richard loved spending time with his family and friends, trading stocks and bonds, and following Xavier Basketball.
Richard was extremely resilient in face of the many challenges cancer threw at him. He was determined to do everything that he could and would never accept his limitations. Despite his illness, he traveled all over the US visiting his family and his friends. He never complained, and was always optimistic about the next treatment and the latest battle he had won against the disease. He was a true fighter and remained strong throughout his 7 and a half years with cancer.
The family will hold a rosary in his honor at 5:30pm immediately followed by a visitation from 6:00-8:00pm on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church 14201 Nall Ave. Overland Park, KS. 66223. The funeral mass will be held at 10:00am on Friday, May 11, 2018 at St. Michael the Archangel Parish followed by the burial at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa and a luncheon at the Lippoli’s home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memoriam to Harvesters, 3801 Topping Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64129. Richard was a a big supporter of their mission and firmly believed that no one should ever go hungry.
Richard is survived by his wife, his four children, his mother Esther Lippoli, and his two sisters, Ann Fischer and Valerie Burnett.