Robert Leo Ripberger, 94, of Connersville, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday morning, March 6, 2019 at his residence.
He was born October 15, 1924 in Fayette County, the eldest of eleven children of Harry Leo andGrace White Ripberger.
He attended Milton, Fairview and St. Gabriel Schools
On June 26, 1948, he was married to Mabel Irene Noah in St. Gabriel Church. Mrs. Ripberger passed away on January 4, 1971.
For many years, he farmed in Fayette County. An auto mechanic for over 55 years, he worked at Vivian Buick in Richmond and Connersville, was parts manager at the McAfee GM Dealership here, and had also worked with his brothers, Charles and James Ripberger in their garages. He retired in 2008.
One of the things he enjoyed most was family gatherings.
He was a member of St. Gabriel Church and had been a member of the Moose Lodge.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Kay (Jerry) Jones of Everton; a son, Robert E. (Lorinda K.) Ripberger of Arlington, IN; five grandchildren: Robert P. Ripberger, Rodney Lawrence, Darla S. Guzzman, Jennifer I. Gaylord and Jacob L. Jones; 12 great grandchildren; five sisters: Phyllis Glaub, Pat Boughner, Joyce (Richard) Houseworth, Marilyn (John) Anderson and Carolyn Hall; two brothers: Donald (Darlene) Ripberger and David (Janice) Ripberger; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Kenneth Ripberger, a sister, Wilma Haselby, and two brothers, Charles and James Ripberger.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Dustin Boehm at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in St. Gabriel Church and burial will be in Dale Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. on Monday at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home, where the rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Gabriel Church.