On behalf of the Maryland State Police Alumni Association, we sadly report the loss of one of “Maryland’s Finest,” TFC Robert L. “Bob” Sipes, Sr.

Trooper First Class Robert L. "Bob" Sipes
TFC Robert L. “Bob” Sipes, Sr.

Robert Lowell Sipes, Sr., 80, of Hancock, MD, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 12, 2023, at Meritus Medical Center, due to complications from a stroke he suffered in late June.

Bob was born August 27, 1942, in Hagerstown, MD, the son of Robert and Reba Sipes.

He retired from the Maryland State Police after 25 years of service, then went on to become Chief of Police in Hancock, bailiff in District Court in Hagerstown, and served U.N. missions in Bosnia and Iraq, training their officers in humane policing tactics. He will live on in the memories of the dear friends he made during his various careers, both here and overseas.

He enjoyed many trips to Disney World, collecting O-Gauge model trains, listening to classic country music, especially the Statler Brothers, Jesse Stone movies and watching Baltimore Orioles baseball games.

First and foremost, Bob loved his family. He will be greatly missed and always remembered by his wife Kim, his sister Susan, children Kimberly and Robbie, step-children Jerry, Christy and Jennifer, 2 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 1 step-great-grandchild, and his former wife Shirley. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews who knew him as Uncle Lowell.

He was preceded in death by brothers Jesse and David, sisters Margaret, Ruth and Eileen, and his son-in-law Rob.

Bob made the decision to donate his remains to the Maryland State Anatomy Board, in hopes of helping others by furthering medical education and research. Per his wishes, no funeral service will be held.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at West End Baptist Chapel, 59 Winter St., Hagerstown, MD.

Posted online on August 23, 2023
Published in The Herald-Mail

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