Stuart Paul Rippy |

Stuart Paul Rippy

Stuart Paul Rippy of Glenwood Springs died Christmas morning, Dec. 25. Stuart would have been 23 on Jan. 13.

Stuart lived his entire life in Glenwood Springs, among a community of people and a geography that he loved dearly. He was an avid athlete, who “lived life hard every day,” as his father, Gregg Rippy, has said. Stuart graduated from Glenwood Springs High School after being named the soccer player of the year in 1997. He was a member of the Sunlight Ski Team and raced with spirited abandon. He was on the inaugural swim team of Glenwood Springs High School. Recently, while attending Metro State College of Denver as an engineering student, he had been playing rugby and hockey with equal vigor.

His mother, Marilee, remembers with a smile that whenever Stuart wanted to pursue another adventure that could conceivably add a gray hair to a mother’s head, Stuart would say, “But Mom! It’s a chance of a lifetime!” Stuart lived his short life taking advantage of every opportunity his life’s path gave him, including a five-week trek through Europe, another five-week trip to Alaska and back, and climbing Colorado’s Fourteeners here at home.

But Stuart gave much more during his short life than he took. Countless friends and family are relating stories of how Stuart’s charm, friendship, smile or character affected their lives. He loved so many people and was loved in return. He had an innate ability to relate to everyone, young or mature, new friend or old. On his last evening on earth, Stuart gave a snow bath to an admiring young friend in the Christmas Eve excitement of fresh, new snow.

Survivors include his parents, Gregg and Marilee, brother and sister, Dallas and Brandy, grandparents, Paul and Marilyn Rippy and Arlene Brown, along with numerous other family and friends.

Services will be held at Mountain View Baptist Church (next to Buffalo Valley Restaurant) at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30. Parking will be very limited; friends are asked to join each other and help minimize the number of cars required.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stuart Rippy Memorial Fund at the Bank of Colorado. The fund will be used for Glenwood Youth Hockey Scholarships.

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