Virginia "Dinny" Phipps, age 91, of Cherokee passed away on Saturday, August 14, 2021. Services will be held at Greenwood-Schubert funeral home on Friday, August 20, 2021, at 11:00 am with visitation on Thursday, August 19, 2021, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.
Dinny was born to Dr. James and Inez (Easton) Wise. She has always proudly called Cherokee her home. She graduated from Wilson High school in 1948. She attended college at St. Mary's of Notre Dame and transferred to the University of Iowa as a sophomore and graduated there with honors. While attending the University of Iowa, she was a member of the Scottish Highlanders, an all-girl bagpipe band that performed in France, England and Scotland as well as at all Hawkeye home football games.
She was united in marriage to Nathan Phipps in 1953. To this union six children were born. They raised their family in Cherokee.
She established a travel agency in Cherokee in 1965. This agency, later known as Nomad Travel Agency, had at one time offices in Holstein, Ida Grove, Sac City and Storm Lake. The business in Cherokee and Storm Lake has continued under the management of her two daughters, Ginny Bright and Jean Paterson.
While in the travel business she organized and led tours to Europe, Hawaii and the South Pacific. She escorted groups on cruises to the Panama Canal and Alaska. She also set up many bus tours throughout the Midwest, including many groups traveling to Hawkeye football games, home and away. In addition to being a very busy travel counselor and raising her children, she and her late husband Big Nate traveled the world.
She was an officer of the Missouri Valley American Association of Travel Agents and served on the national committee. She was appointed by Governor Robert Ray and served on the Iowa Energy Policy Council in the late 1970’s. She was a devout catholic and member of the Immaculate Conception Befrienders group.
She was a pilot and served as president of the ladies flying club “The 99's.”
Her interests included aviation, golf, scuba diving, bridge and following the Iowa Hawkeyes. She was quick witted and musically gifted. She was the life of the party. She and her ukulele were the source of great joy and many cherished memories of family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Big Nate, daughter Anne, her parents, brother Jim Wise, sister Meg Wilkinson, and great grandson Noah.
She is survived by three sons and two daughters: Nathan A. Phipps III (Miriam) of South Sioux City NE; Pat Phipps (Theresa) of Moville, IA; Jean Paterson (Buzz) of Storm Lake, Iowa; Chuck Phipps (Jeanne) of Charlotte, NC; and Ginny Bright (Kenny) of Cherokee, IA.
In addition, Din was survived by twelve grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.