Local fathers earn praise on their special day

Downtown Vancouver a big draw for families on Sunday




Jonathan Bippes, 30, of Vancouver pulls his son, Parker, 13 months, in a wagon Sunday as he celebrates Father's Day in step with his dad, Brian Bippes, 58, at the Vancouver Farmers Market.

Dads shared the spotlight with runners on Sunday as downtown Vancouver brimmed with activity.

Dozens of dads shopped with families at the Vancouver Farmers Market for Father’s Day.

“We’ve had lots of dads down here,” said market manager Erin Timmerman. “I’ve seen lots of dads who were marathoning, too.”

Adjacent Esther Short Park was alive with a band, a beer garden and vendor booths as Vancouver hosted its second 26.2-mile marathon.

At the market, Vancouver’s Jonathan Bippes, 30, was with his son, Parker, 13 months, and his father, Brian Bippes, 58, of Wilsonville, Ore. Jonathan was asked about his dad’s best qualities.

“He has great integrity,” Jonathan said. “He has a great sense of humor. And he definitely has a willingness to spend time with his family.”

How about his flaws?

“Sometimes he repeats himself,” Jonathan said. “Especially when he knows I’ve already heard it.”

Elyse Degerstedt, 11, who is headed to Pacific Middle School this fall, was asked about her dad, Neil Degerstedt.

“He’s nice and sweet and funny and he makes good jokes. He’s honest,” she said.

Does dad bug you ever?

“Whenever I say something, he always adds on. He’s a button-pusher,” she said of her dad’s teasing.

Tim Moore’s twin sons, Jared and Brady, 11, were asked about their dad.

“He’s smart. He’s athletic. He’s nice,” Jared said.

“Funny. He jokes a lot. And he plays baseball,” Brady said of his dad, who is JV baseball coach at Columbia River High School. Tim Moore played professional baseball from 1989 to 1992.

The Moore boys were hard-pressed to name a flaw in their dad.

But Tim confessed, “He (Jared) just told me it bugs him when I make him clean up his room all the time.”

Dave Kern: dave.kern@columbian.com or 360-735-4534.