LINDENWOOD — Larry L. Rippentrop, 73, Lindenwood, expired on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, after a short-battle with cancer which dealt him a knockout blow. He died at home surrounded by loved ones who chose to ignore the social distancing mandate during the coronavirus pandemic in order to care for him. He believed that Jesus Christ had saved him from his sins. Larry was born in Nov. 19, 1946 in Rockford to Floyd and. Reba (Bozarth) Rippentrop. He graduated from Stillman Valley High School, attended the University of Wisconsin - Platteville and enlisted in the Marines where he served in Vietnam as a Forward Artillery Observer. Larry married Vicki Rice at Weld Park in Stillman Valley on June 23, 1973. Their union was blessed with an lrish Setter, Eric the Red, and several cats: Cat, Bandit, Coco, Tippy and Smudge. Larry worked for the Gates Rubber Corporation in Rockford for 35 years; he was also a skilled handyman, mechanic, roofer, carpenter, electrician, plumber and techno-geek who volunteered his talents to help family, friends, church, summer camp, and strangers. Often his own home projects lingered on for years while, he used his talents to help others. Larry enjoyed fishing, hunting, hiking, exploring national parks, photography and spending time with nieces and nephews. He was known for his quirky sense of humor so his death on April Fool’s Day was quite appropriate. He is survived by his Vicki, his wife of 47 years; mother, Reba; his aunt Berniece Brace; brothers, Gale (Becky) of Cherry Valley and Phillip of Rockford; nephew, Nicholas Rippentrop; and many family & friends who loved him. He was preceded in death by his father and nephew, Eric. Memorials may be given to the Gary Sinise Foundation to support veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need or to Heartland Hospice Care of Rockford.
Special thanks to those who helped care for Larry during his illness: Heartland Hospice Care staff; sister-in-law, Michelle Smith; nephew, Andy Smith; niece, Marcy Wilson; friend, Marshea Reed.
Services for Larry will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, at 4 p.m. at Reynoldswood Christian Camp and Retreat Center, 621 Reynolds Wood Road, Dixon, IL 61021. Dress is casual as there will be a campfire, a songfest and some outdoor cooking, weather permitting. Otherwise, services will be held in the dining hall.
Arrangements by Stateline Cremations, 712 Windsor Road, Loves Park, IL. www.statelinecremations.com