David Lee Rippy
David Lee Rippy passed away peacefully on July 20, 2014 at the home of his daughter in Grand Junction at the age of 56.
Lee was born on Oct. 27, 1957 in Montrose, CO to Harley and Janet (Purkey) Rippy. Lee grew up and went to school in New Castle. He graduated from Rifle High School in 1976.
Lee married Peggy Whitman and they had two children, Jesse and Danielle.
Lee worked in the construction field his entire life. He worked in several states including Alaska, Wyoming, Oklahoma, North Dakota and Texas. For many years he owned and operated his own construction company and completed many projects in Garfield and Pitkin County. Lee loved the outdoors. His passion was big game hunting and fishing. Lee also enjoyed vintage mustang cars, NASCAR, gardening and his childhood ranch. Lee was known as a loving Grandpa who enjoyed every moment spent with the grandkids. Lee loved family and friends. He lived the last couple of years with very close friends Andy and Amanda Stone. Lee will be missed by many. Surviving family members include former wife Peggy Rippy of New Castle, CO; son Jesse (Daphne) Rippy of Wasilla, AK; daughter Danielle (Eric) Clements of Grand Junction, CO; five grandchildren, Kirsten, Braden, Kailee, Seth and Trevor; parents Harley & Janet Rippy of New Castle, CO; brothers Dow (Kathy) Rippy, Steve (Becky) Rippy, Miles (Teresa) Rippy all of New Castle, CO and Shayne Rippy of Grand Junction, CO.; sisters Shari (Don) Phelps of Stilwell, OK, and Marie (Jim) Keeling of Grand Junction, CO; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at Summit Bound Church at 1123 Pitkin Avenue in Glenwood Springs, CO on July 24, 2014 at 10 in the morning. A private graveside service will be held at the family ranch following the memorial.
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