John Edward Rippet, 93, of Seaside, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, in Seaside.

He was born Oct. 13, 1915, in Seaside, to John Joseph Rippet and Nellie Marie McEnery.

He attended schools in the Seaside School District. In 1934, he graduated from Seaside Union High School, where he was awarded nine letters and was captain of the basketball team. He held the county pole vault record for seven years.

On Oct. 18, 1941, he married Mary Elizabeth Sherry. She survives, residing in Seaside.

Mr. Rippet owned and operated Larson Dahlia Dairy most of his life. He sold the business and retired in 1979.

He was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Seaside. He was a charter member and past president of Seaside Kids Inc., and was still active with the membership committee. In 1964, he received a lifetime pass to all Seaside High School events for service to the school. In 1965, he was given the Distinguished Service Award by the Seaside Jaycees for community service. In 1980, he received an award for 25 years of service to Seaside Kids Inc. He served as a member of the original Trails End Marathon committee for more than 10 years, and on the Seaside School Board from 1956 to 1960. He was an active member of the Seaside Lions Club, Elks Lodge and the Astoria Golf & Country Club, and founded the Fred Wheatly Memorial Golf Tournament. He was inducted into the Seaside High School Hall of Fame for his community service and athletic achievements.

Family members said he enjoyed golfing. He was the Seaside Golf Club Champion in 1950 and 1939, Gearhart Golf Club Champion in 1950, Oregon State Left-Handers Champion in 1954, Clatsop County Champion in 1947 and 1959, and had seven holes-in-one.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Ed and Betty Rippet of Seaside and Mike and Susan Rippet of Bend; two grandchildren, Brian Rippet and his wife, Amy, of South Lake Tahoe, Nev., and Jim Rippet and his wife, Yi-Hua, of Portland; and six great-grandchildren, Shaylie, Kyla, Aidan and Dui Rippet, all of South Lake Tahoe, and Tessa and Ryan Rippet of Soap Lake, Wash.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James J. Rippet; and a grandson, John Aaron Rippet.

A rosary will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 120 Ocean Way in Seaside, followed by a memorial Mass at 10 a.m. A reception will be held for friends and family at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Astoria Golf & Country Club.

Private interment will take place at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Seaside Kids Inc., in care of Hughes-Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries, 220 Holladay Drive, Seaside, OR 97138.


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