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Ralph Everett Ripple

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Ralph Everett Ripple, 87, passed away Sept. 20, 2009, at his home in Hilo, Hawaii.

He was born March 22, 1922, in Staunton. He was the youngest of 10 children born to Mae and George Ripple.

He was a graduate of Staunton High School and Indiana Teachers College.

He got his pilot's license during his years in college and joined the Navy shortly after Pearl Harbor.

He earned his Navy Wings at Pensacola, Fla., and served there as a pilot instructor during World War II, where he taught flying and aerobatics.

He served again as a bomber pilot during the Korean War and was stationed on the carrier the USS Boxer during the conflict.

He retired as a Lt. Cmdr., after 22 years of service.

After retirement from the Navy, he taught school for a few years in Crown Point, Ind., but missed traveling. He then became a tour guide for Cartan Hawaiian Tours and eventually settled in Hawaii.

He is survived by brother George P. Ripple, Lake Forest, Ill., sister-in-law Genevieve Ripple, Alameda, Calif, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Beatrice Lawson, Gwynth Rice and Roberta Donnelly, and brothers Veron, Rolland, Carl, Sidney and Robert.

There will be military rites in Hawaii at a later date.