Daniel M. Hipsley, 81

Lawyer, business owner

March 22, 2007

Daniel Michael Hipsley, a retired Catonsville attorney, insurance broker and business owner, died Sunday of a heart attack at his Ellicott City home. He was 81.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Payson Street, he was a 1943 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, where he played varsity baseball. He also played on a local semipro team.

During World War II, he served as a Marine Corps radio specialist in the South Pacific and fought at Okinawa and Mindanao. He attained the rank of sergeant.

After the war, he earned an associate's degree at the old Baltimore College of Commerce and also studied at the Johns Hopkins University. He received a law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1965.

He was a Nationwide Insurance Co. agent for 52 years and practiced family law for 35 years in Catonsville. He also owned Sancho's Restaurant on U.S. 40 for several years and a business known as The Liquor Store on Belair Road in Overlea. He retired four years ago.

A member of the Patapsco Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, he also belonged to the International Order of the Alhambra, a Roman Catholic association dedicated to providing assistance to mentally retarded children.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Grace Bible Baptist Church, 1518 N. Rolling Road in Catonsville, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, the former Edith Davis; three sons, Daniel Patrick Hipsley, Michael Dennis Hipsley and James Francis Hipsley, all of Catonsville; three daughters, Mary Michael Yonke of Crofton, Linda Jane DiPietro of Reisterstown and Ann Marie Valunas of Garland, Texas; a stepson, Anthony Davis of Ellicott City; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. His previous marriage to Jane Frances Gardiner ended in divorce.

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