David “Dave or Rip” L. Ripple, 69, lost his battle with COPD on Monday, March 21, 2022 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. He was born on May 26, 1952 to Sheldon and Ardis Ripple in Liberal, Kansas. They lived a short time in Bluffton, Indiana and then moved back to Kansas where Dave settled down in Paola. He married Christine Hoyer on August 11, 1977. Dave wore many hats throughout his career and ended it in management at Seimens. He was also a member of the US National Guard.
Dave loved the outdoors, but loved his family and animals the most. Upon his retirement, he fully enjoyed his hobbies with his children and grandchildren. In 2014 he and Christine moved to Montana to help care for her parents. Dave appreciated the bountiful wildlife and mountain scenery in Libby when they relocated.
Dave was preceded in death by his father Sheldon, a sister Margaret “Peggy” and granddaughter Fanci.
Survivors include his wife Christine; daughter Cherlyn Jevne (Jon), Kansas; son John (Cherie), North Dakota; son Trace (Tasha), Oklahoma; daughter Mary Woods (Mark), mother Ardis, sister Patricia Mathews (Keith) and brother Lawrence (Dori), all of Missouri; 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.
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