February 17, 1943 ~ March 27, 2022 (age 79)


Larry Ford Cripe, 79, passed away on Sunday, March 27th, 2022at his home in Troy of natural causes. He was born on February 17th, 1943, in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, to Ford and Edith Cripe. Larry graduated Troy High School before attending the University of Montana, where he got a double degree in English and Journalism with honors. He worked for two years in Spanish Harlem for the Domestic Peace Corps before going to Argentina on a journalism scholarship, where he worked for the Associated Press.

In 1968, Larry worked as a student coordinator for Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign. Later, he returned to Montana where he worked in logging and real estate. Throughout his entire life, he continued writing.  Larry was an active member of the Troy community. He was enthusiastic about his many passions, including photography, journalism, fishing, and the guitar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Carol, brother-in-law Arthur, and an infant brother.

Larry is survived by his children, Aubrey Desfosses (Charlie) and Owen Cripe; grandchildren Taffy, Katia, and Connor; a sister Kathy, and many nieces and nephews.

The family plans a service on a future date. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at

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