Bruce G. Hippensteel, 68, Horst Realty property manager, cared about people, environment

By on April 11, 2018

Bruce G. Hippensteel, 68, of Akron, passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Lancaster General Hospital.

He was born in Lancaster to the late James and Merian (Witmer) Hippensteel, and was the husband of Jennifer Hippensteel, with whom he shared 25 years of marriage learning and loving and growing together, no matter what life threw their way..

Bruce, a loving and caring husband and father, an old soul with a vibrant, intelligent mind with a strong desire to learn and grow. He strove daily to do the best thing for his body by eating healthy and exercising. You could often find Bruce at 68 years young doing pull-ups outside on a nearby tree branch or handstands in the back yard.

He believed and supported preserving the environment and was an advocate for human rights. Bruce’s mind was so very deep and full of information; his writings were powerful and taught all who read them. His children were the light in his eyes; he will never leave their sides. He loved to play guitar with his children and dance. He read every day and enriched his life and those around him.

He was a commercial property manager for most of his adult life and worked with Horst Realty in Lancaster. Bruce was the epitome of a successful man because he loved and was loved by many. His legacy will live on in his children and we will miss him every day. You are now truly the breeze, my sweet spirit and you will continue to shine on and your family will continue to make you proud every day.

In addition to his wife, Bruce is survived by sons: Derek and Noah; and daughters: Kiowa, Sage, and Maya; and three grandchildren: Max, Wyatt, and Ella; three sisters: Penny J. Knight, Ginny L. Byers, and Stacy L. Spaulding; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will take place April 14, from 2 to 5 p.m., at Reflections Restaurant, 1390 Oregon Road, Leola. Please join us in celebration of Bruce’s life.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution in Bruce’s memory made to The American Heart Association, or call 1-800-242-8721

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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