Westfield City Council VP passes away after battle with cancer

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WESTFIELD, Ind.— Westfield City Council Vice President John Dippel, 73, died Saturday night after his battle with cancer.

Dippel, a former U.S. Army Veteran and member of the 82nd Airborne Division, retired from Indiana Bell/Ameritech after 34 years of employment. He served on the Westfield Town Council as well as the City Council since 2007.

City officials said Dippel was instrumental in making Westfield a city in 2008. He served as a member of the Financial Committee and the Westfield Sport Commission, which helped with the creation of Grand Park.

“John Dippel’s dedication and contributions to his beloved city of Westfield will be challenging to chronicle,” says Mayor Andy Cook. “John leaves behind a legacy in Westfield that can’t be replaced.”

Dippel leaves behind his wife Marcyann, their five children, 14 grandchildren and a great grandchild.

Visitation for John Dippel will be held at Saint Maria Goretti Catholic Church on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with mass to follow. A memorial will be held to honor John Dippel at 1 p.m. at The Bridgewater Club.