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Fredrick Leslie Hipes

February 24, 1939 ~ April 4, 2017 (age 78)

Fredrick Leslie Hipes, 78, of Fincastle, died Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at Lewis Gale Medical Center following a long period of declining health.

Leslie was born in Buchanan February 24, 1939 and lived in the area all his life, and on White Church Road for more than 50 years. He was the son of the late Waldo J. and Gladys L. Austin Hipes.

Leslie was a diesel mechanic, retiring from Pepsi after more than 20 years of service. He was a man who lived life on his own terms: an avid collector, enjoyed auctions, member of the NRA, avid outdoorsman, and good father and father-in-law.

In addition to his parents, Leslie was preceded in death by his brother Robert and is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Pastor Russell and Clarisa Shepherd; daughter and son-in-law Jenette and Bill McClanahan all of New Castle; one granddaughter, Caitlin Bennett; and his cat Elsie.

A graveside service honoring Leslie’s life will be 11:00 am, Saturday, April 8 at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery (White Church), 2357 Mt. Pleasant Church Road, Fincastle with his son, Pastor Russell Shepherd officiating. The family will receive friends following the graveside service at the church fellowship hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fincastle Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, 25 Vine St, Fincastle, VA 24090.

On-line condolences may be made to Leslie’s family at

Rader Funeral Home

 Service Information

Graveside Service
April 8, 2017

11:00 AM
Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery (White Church)
Mt. Pleasant Church Road
Fincastle, VA 24090


Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery (White Church)
Mt. Pleasant Church Road
Fincastle, VA 24090

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