Diana Hipshier to retire from Lake-Osceola State Bank after 35 years

BALDWIN — After 35 years of serving patrons of the Lake-Osceola State Bank, Vice President Diana Hipshier, is retiring this month and glowing reports of her work from co-workers and customers follow her.

"Diana has been a very valuable asset to the bank, given her level of commitment to her job and her wealth of knowledge about the job," said Debbie Smith-Olson, chairman and CEO of LOSB. "Her shoes are going to be very hard to fill. I am sure her loyal customers won't be happy to see her go."

Robert M. Fisher, president of Lake-Osceola State Bank, offered recognition of Hipshier's years of service.

“Over her 35 years with LOSB, Diana has truly established herself as a person who will go the extra mile for our customers. Numerous times customers have contacted me to let me know how she went over and above her job responsibility to satisfy their needs,” he said.

Smith-Olson shared the story of how Hipshier came to be hired at the bank in August of 1981.

"She started working for Lake County Abstract Office and was there for about a week when Curt Smith, who was the bank president, tapped her on the shoulder and told her she was fired from the Abstract Office, for the sole purpose of acquiring her services at the bank."

Hipshier shared some of her own memories.

"When I started we didn't have computers, which my grandson thinks is weird," she said. "I started out as a teller and filed signature cards. I was employed with many positions over the years. I became a full-fledged loan officer when the position became vacated."

Hipshier moved to Lake County when she was 4, from Laporte. Her parents owned Phillips 66 in Baldwin.

She graduated from Baldwin High School and married Jack Hipshier. They have two sons, both graduates of Baldwin, and three grandchildren, who she looks forward to spending a lot more time with after retiring.

She has a deep love for horses and raised Appaloosas for 43 years. A sketch she drew of one of her horses graces the wall of her office at the bank.

Hipshier has held numerous volunteer positions within the Lake County area, such as board member of Shrine of the Pines, and volunteer for Troutarama, Bitely Homecoming and Irons Flea Roast. She is a current board member of Habitat for Humanity. She had served as treasurer for Cherry Valley Township for several years and initiated the starting of the Victim Services Unit with the Lake County Sheriff's Department.

"I love Baldwin," Hipshier said. "This community bank has been my home. They care about the people in this county. They don't just talk the talk — they make it happen."