Rev. Dr. Cipriano “Cip” B. Gomez, 78, of Mansfield and formerly of Butler, went home to be with his Savior Monday, May 31, 2021.
He was born August 8, 1942 in Trinidad, CO, to Barney and Tillie (Martinez) Gomez. He graduated from South High School in Denver and enlisted in the U.S Air Force and served four years during the Vietnam War.
Following his service, Cip worked on the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico for several years before returning to Denver. He met and married Claire (Stefansen) on September 25, 1971 and raised three children, Stefan, Reana and Celeste. Cip earned his theological degree and was ordained into the ministry in 1974. Cip and Claire moved to Ohio to open a Christian summer camp in 1984 and soon after accepted pastorate of Bunkerhill Baptist Church in Butler. Cip served as pastor of Bunkerhill Baptist Church for 32 years before retiring in 2018. He traveled to Haiti, Mexico, and the Philippines on numerous missions’ trips.
Cip also worked in fraternal insurance sales with a number of organizations, notably as a manager for the Independent Order of Foresters.
Following the passing of his first wife, Claire, in 2008, Cip met Louise (Morton) Hayslip whom he wed in 2015 and enjoyed six years of marriage together prior to his death. Cip was very handy both in carpentry and auto repairs, blessed with the gift of fixing broken things. This made him an excellent resource for his country church.
Being a full time Pastor and caretaker didn’t allow for much free time, but when he could get out, Cip was golfing. He enjoyed instilling the love of the game in others through teaching and coaching. He also enjoyed fishing, teaching his grandchildren how to set the bait and catch.
Above all, Cip loved serving God and spending time with his wife, children, and family.
He is survived by his wife Louise Gomez of Mansfield; daughters Reana Gomez and Celeste Gomez both of Grand Rapids, MI; son Stefan and Beth Gomez of East Strousdburg, PA; Louise’s children Keith and Barbara Hayslip of Mansfield, and Laura Smith of Lucas; grandchildren Amanda, Aundrea, Alexis, Angela, Anthony, Aryn, Taylor, Kaleb, Karlee, and Baylee; great grandchildren Kaden, Kalianah, Emma, Leo and Grayson; brother Barney and Claudette Gomez of MD, and sisters Theodora Kirchner and Patricia Vigil of CO; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his wife Claire Gomez, a great granddaughter Kailey and a sister Margaret Gomez.
The family will receive friends Friday, June 4, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where a celebration of the life of Dr. Cip Gomez will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. Friends may also call the hour prior to the service. Cip’s nephew Robert Vigil will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Bunkerhill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Bunkerhill Baptist Church may be made at the funeral home.
Please visit snyderfuneralhomes.com to leave a message of condolence and view Cip’s tribute video.