Dave Schipper died in his sleep Dec. 6 at The Homestead Assisted Living in Rexburg, Idaho. He was 84. The following was provided by his family.
Dave was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1937 and lived in Wisconsin until 1955 when he moved with his family to Boulder, Colorado. He spent many summers in northern Wisconsin among the beautiful lakes and forests of that region.
Dave attended Shorewood High School in Shorewood, Wisconsin, and finished his high school years at Boulder High in Colorado. He went on to attend the University of Colorado as well as Arizona State University. Dave proudly served in the U.S. Army, stationed at the 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany.
Dave enjoyed a variety of jobs in his life. He loved working as a ranch hand in Wyoming in his early years, later returning to Boulder to attend CU and bartend at popular Boulder restaurants as well as tend bar in Chicago at O’Hare Airport.
After he married he became a real estate broker as well as restaurant owner in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where he lived with his wife and two daughters. Dave later moved to Jackson, where he was sales manager for Rocky Mountain Featherbed and Schaefer Outfitter, a family Western and ski-wear company.
He later moved to Phoenix, where he guided and drove tourists out on Humvee tours of the Southwest, educating and entertaining them on the history and geology of Arizona.
In “retirement” Dave worked summers in Jackson Hole at Brooks Lake Lodge as a wrangler and then with Barker-Ewing River Trips shuttling visitors through the Snake River Canyon for eight years. He loved being around the energy of the river and its tight-knit community. Dave did not fully retire as a professional driver until the age of 78.
Dave loved to ride, ski, camp, hike and fish, and took every opportunity to explore the mountains and plains of the West. Dave truly enjoyed traveling to new destinations, but his greatest love was working on a ranch and being with horses. Many times, with daughter Trenia riding next to him, Dave took part in the famous Mantle Ranch Horse drives in northwest Colorado. He traveled extensively in the U.S. including the states of Hawaii and Alaska, but also traveled to Canada, Europe, Mexico, Turkey, Israel, and South Africa, as well as Belize and the Mayan ruins in Tikal, Guatemala, with brother Dan, and so many more adventures.
Dave is survived by his two daughters, Trenia (Russ) Sanford of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Kristina Jo (KJ) (Craig) Morris of Jackson; and his grandchildren, Tucker Sanford and Kensie Morris. He was a much beloved uncle of his nephews and nieces.
In recent years Dave shared a home in Prescott Valley, Arizona, with his siblings, Dan, Mark and sister Chris Schipper, and is survived by them. Dave, “Rocky,” enjoyed people and had many friends all over the West. He will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held in the late spring of 2022 in Boulder Canyon, according to his wishes.