Lt. Colonel George Daniel Hypes, of Forest Hill, MD, passed away on January 21, 2023. He was 75 years old.
Mr. Hypes was born in Montgomery, West Virginia, to George “Doc” Alexander Hypes and Mildred King Hypes. He was the devoted husband of 54 years of Jutta Hildegard Hypes, loving father of Philip Andrew Hypes (Kelly) and the late Timothy Eugene Hypes. He was the grandfather of Victoria Hypes-Mayfield (Kyle), and Elizabeth Bowers, and brother of Janet Shawver (Michael), Rebecca Kuhn (Bill), and Joel Hypes (Kim).
Mr. Hypes served in the U.S. Army for 24 years, having been drafted after college, being selected for Officer Candidate School, and attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. He then worked as a Civilian Contractor, playing a central role in ensuring armored HMMVWs were provided to save soldiers’ lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Hypes graduated from Nicholas County High School in Summersville, WV, then received his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery, WV, and his Master’s Degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity. Mr. Hypes was an Assistant Pastor for Faith Community Church, a chaplain for AA, and was active with the Emmaus Community and Kairos Prison Ministry.
He enjoyed reading, American History, woodworking, counted cross-stitch, stamp collecting and coin collecting. His generosity, caring, and warmth blessed everyone around him.
A viewing will be held on Friday, February 3, 2023, from 2-4 PM, at Zellman Funeral Home, P.A., 123 S. Washington St., Havre de Grace, MD. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 11 AM, at the funeral home. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on a later date.
Contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.
Online condolences may be made at www.zellmanfuneralhome.com.
Who was Dad?
In his later years, he looked like Santa Claus, and had a heart as big as Christmas. He filled every room he ever entered with a sense of joy, laughter, togetherness, and kindness focused on God that you would have to see and feel to believe possible. Children and dogs loved him, gravitated to him, focused and centered around him – which tells you how big and good a heart and person he was. All he saw was possibility, even in the darkest of times, and he just kept going forward no matter what sadness or hurt life gave him. His eyes were always on the word of God, and in doing God’s work – without force or coercion, he simply brought people to God by the man he was every single day – how he lived his life, his always present forgiveness and encouragement, his optimistic soul. Dad began his education in a one room schoolhouse and finished his life being computer savvy and unintimidated by technology. He was brave every single day of his life in ways that were less overt but gave people around him strength and courage too. We will miss his larger-than-life laughter, a boisterous sound that made everyone laugh big too – and his passion for corny jokes that he could hardly make his way through without laughing so hard, he couldn’t get to the punch line with a straight face. We love you Dad – and will carry you with us forever – hoping to live up to the example you set, but no doubt, always falling short because you were bigger than all of us put together in your goodness and uplifting soulful commitment to God.