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Brian K. Kipp

January 8, 1967 ~ April 4, 2022 (age 55)


Brian K. Kipp, age 55, passed away on April 4, 2022, in Madison, WI. He was born on January 8, 1967, to N. David and the late Jane (Burkhammer) Kipp. Brian was a graduate of Wausaukee High School, class of 1985, and attended the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. He had a career in retail management and was a longtime supporter of the ARCW Network of Wisconsin. He also supported and donated to the local Wisconsin Public Broadcasting Service (WPS). On November 3, 2008, he met his life partner, Michael Dickson, in Madison, WI.

Brian had a lifelong passion for all things related to comic books, movies, comedy, and music. He had an amazing sense of humor; and was one of the best pranksters we’ve known! Growing up watching his favorite show, Saturday Night Live, he would memorize some of his favorite sketches and do the characters at family parties; leaving all of us laughing to the point of tears. His favorite, Dana Carvey’s “The Church Lady”; which he mastered over the years! His humor was not only in person, but shared daily on Facebook for us all to enjoy. He was known throughout his life for dishing out a funny lifelong nickname to many people, but would do so with ones that made you feel loved and special. He had a heart of gold and loved so deeply! Brian also had a deep sense of commitment, a very strong work ethic, a passion for life, and believed in pure honesty. Brian loved to cook, and often immersed himself into cooking many wonderful Kipp Family recipes; which he loved to share those dishes with his friends. In his spare time, he enjoyed going to the Flix Brewhouse, Maharani Restaurant, Henry Vilas Zoo, visiting the comic bookstore, going to the movies, and sharing wonderful stories of his family. He also enjoyed spending quiet nights at home, listening to his favorite music, watching cooking shows, and any Marvel/DC shows and movies. He was also known to pop into his workplace just to say hi on his days off. He loved all kinds of music & movies, especially those from the 1980’s. He also enjoyed playing games, attending live concerts throughout his life, and spending time with family & friends.

Brian was lovingly & teasingly known as “Boo Boo” to many of his family members. He spent so much of his later years trying to do right by the world, by others, and heal as many hearts as he could. He would donate his time to help others and support the causes that meant so much to him. He was always there when you needed emotional support, to share a laugh, or to simply just listen with a non-judgmental ear. He could make silly faces or voices on the spot that would have everyone rolling in laughter! His laugh was contagious, and his smile would light up the room.

Brian & Michael started their life journey of love on November 3, 2008. In Michael’s own words, “Brian meant the world to me and so much more! He was my life partner, my confidant, and a truly fierce friend. Brian encouraged truth and honesty in his co-workers & myself.”

Brian is preceded in death by: his mother Jane L. (Burkhammer) Kipp; three siblings: John Kipp (brother), Rick Kipp (brother), & Gladys (Kipp) Javes (sister); and his grandparents: Paul & Dorothy Burkhammer, and Niles & Helen Kipp.

Survivors include: his life partner Michael Dickson; his father N. David Kipp; seven siblings:  Dotti (Ray) Miller, Sandy (David) Sutphin, Janet (Tom) Miller, Win (Jen) Kipp, David Kipp, Pat (Dani) Kipp, Keith (Jann) Kipp, and Jason Kipp (aka Nephew); 18 Nieces & Nephews: Jason (Jen) Kipp, Rebecca Mineau, Samantha (Aaron) Daul, Katie Olson, Nicole (Mike) Grant, Tom (Lindsey) Miller, Lance Miller, Elijah Miller, Emily Miller, Win Kipp Jr, Will Kipp, Matthew Safin, Michael Kipp, Alex Kipp, Olivia Kipp, Eric Kipp, & Kevin Kipp;: Eleven beautiful and loved great-nieces & great-nephews: Madelynn, Bella, Lillian, Warren, Landen, Oliver, Abigail, Rossi Rose, & Tyrius. Other survivors include: Gregory A. Welda, Brian's friend & extreme confidant for nearly 20 years; and his entire work family, who loved him deeply. 

Brian now gets to be lovingly embraced in Heaven by his beloved mother Jane, and his siblings John, Rick, & Gladys.

Brian: we miss you dearly, and will love you always and forever; “As Big as the Sky”! I will keep our music sharing tradition going! My parting song for you is: “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”! (Jason Kipp, aka “Hymie”)

Cremation has taken place and a private "Celebration of Life" will be held for Brian in June for family and close friends. The exact date, time, & location will be announced by the family in the near future, and notifications will be sent out for those who would like to attend.

In lieu of flowers, you may donate “In Memory of Brian Kipp” to the Wisconsin Public Broadcasting Service at or to the ARCW Network at

 We would like to thank all of Brian’s family, friends, and especially his life partner Michael Dickson, for their love and support.

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