Emil O. Rippley, 94, of Sweet Springs, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at Sweet Springs Villa in Sweet Springs.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Sweet Springs. Rev. Gene Smith will officiate. Pallbearers will be Larry Duncan, Wendell Olsen, Tim Scott, David Esser, Leonard Taylor and Robert Guier. Visitation will be from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Sweet Springs with Masonic services. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Wesley United Methodist Church or Barbee Lodge No. 217 A.F. & A.M. in Sweet Springs.
Born June 13, 1910, in Boonville, he was the son of the late Oscar Emil Rippley and Amelia Neef Rippley. On Nov. 23, 1939, in Boonville, he married Georgetta Calvert, who survives of the home. He was a 1929 graduate of Boonville High School. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Sweet Springs, where he served as financial secretary and was a member of the Men's Club and choir. He had served as president of the Sweet Springs R-7 school board, secretary of Barbee Lodge No. 217 A.F. & A.M. and a member of the Lions Club. He had lived in Sweet Springs most of his life. He worked for the long lines department of AT&T as a cable splicer and gang clerk. He later transferred to Southwestern Bell as a section cableman from Kansas City to Boonville.
Additional survivors include two daughters, Barbara Brown of Baton Rouge, La., and Donna Scott of Independence; two brothers, Raymond Rippley of Kansas City, Kan., and Herbert Rippley of Grapevine, Texas; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.