Senior Trooper Thomas Patrick Nipper, 63, of Belton, passed away in the line of duty on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Temple. Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 10, at Temple Bible Church. Burial with full police honors followed at North Belton Cemetery in Belton. Mr. Nipper was born on March 17, 1954, in Waltham, MA and graduated from Copperas Cove High School in 1973. He obtained an associate degree in criminal justice from Central Texas College. He served as a police officer in Nolanville, Hereford, Belton, Gainesville and the Coryell County Sheriff’s Department. While working in Gatesville, he met and eventually married a dispatcher, Tammy Beasley Nipper, in 1978. He graduated from the DPS Academy in 1982. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Tommie Lee and Rose Nipper. He is survived by his wife, Tammy; children, Michael Nipper, Amy Nipper Schmoyer and Laurie Marie Nipper; brother, Joe Piazza; and sister, Lynn Sawyer.