Columbus, OH — Bob Lippiatt, 73, died Thursday (June 18), of heart failure after a brief hospital stay. The likable trainer-driver followed his father Ike into the harness horse business over 50 years ago after graduating from Salem High School. He remained continuously active with Standardbreds until two weeks before his death, except for a stint in the Army when he served during the Vietnam war.
During his career he amassed 1,122 wins as a driver, earning $3,262,919 and 338 as a trainer. Among his stable favorites were Ohio Sires Stakes trotting champions Heather Road, Take Another Puff and Fistfull Of Dollars.
Lippiatt and his wife Sherry of 51 years have maintained dual residences in Beloit, Ohio and Pompano Beach, Florida for the past 13 years. Bob raced horses at Northfield Park and many Ohio county fairs during the summer; and worked on the track crew at Pompano Park during the winters.
The Lippiatts have two daughters, Theresa and Bobbi Jo, as well as six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bob has three living brothers and a fourth that died in a horse accident at an early age.
Funeral arrangements will be handled by Deans Funeral Home in Salem. They will be posted as soon as available.