Leonard Earl "Rip" Rippy | PostIndependent.com

Leonard Earl "Rip" Rippy

Leonard Earl “Rip” Rippy Jr. of Colorado Springs, a former resident of New Castle and Glenwood Springs, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2003, at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. He was 61.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, at Highland Cemetery in New Castle.

A celebration of his life and an open house will follow, from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, at the home of Mary Anne and Paul Taylor, 406 Main St. in New Castle.

Mr. Rippy was born on May 20, 1942, at the Garfield County Hospital in Glenwood Springs to Leonard Earl Rippy Sr. and Betty Jane Coles of New Castle.

“Rip,” as most people knew him, owned and operated Rip’s Excavating Service in Glenwood Springs until the mid-1970s.

In the 1980s he moved to Colorado Springs to pursue a career in real estate. Most recently he was working in sales in the lawn and garden department at the Sears store in Colorado Springs, where he was admired and highly respected by his co-workers.

He loved fishing and boating on Lake Huron, and spending time with his family.

Mr. Rippy was a much-loved husband, father and grandfather to many, and he touched the lives of all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jane Rippy.

Mr. Rippy is survived by his father, Leonard Rippy, Sr. of Glenwood Springs; by a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Anne and Paul Taylor of New Castle; by daughters and sons-in-law Shelly and Jim Morgan of Castle Rock, and Stephanie and Dave Munk of El Jebel; by a son, Randy Rippy of Rifle and his fiancee Donna Roberts; by his longtime love, June Waltman, and her children, Christine Waltman, Stephanie Kaiser and Laura Simpson; by grandchildren Kyle and Kevin Morgan, Ella Munk, Adam, Aaron and Ashley Simpson, and Nick and Rachel Waltman; and by niece Andrea Taylor and nephew Kevin Taylor.

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