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Name: Peggy Jones Ripple
Spouse: William E. Ripple (Nickname = Dr. bill)
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Birthdate: May 21, 1925   
Date of Death: October 19, 1996  

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Died in Dodge City, Kansas. Buried Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City, Kansas. No obituary located.

Husband's obituary: Dr. William E. Ripple, known to all as Dr. Bill, passed away on Monday, November 27,2017 at Manor of the Plains in Dodge City, Kansas. Though his last weeks challenged his health, he charted his life for 96 years of family, work, and adventures large and small.

Bill Ripple, born to Harold and Ada(Hopper) Ripple on August 17,1921, became the fourth generation of Ripple Ford County residents; his grandfather Jacob came to Dodge City as a cook's helper in the 1800's.

Dr. Bill attended Dodge City Schools, graduated from Dodge City Junior College, then entered Colorado State University. When World War II broke out, his class of Veterinary students were commissioned into the U.S. Army; they then finished veterinary school in uniform under a strict and fast pace, were trained in public health, and worked for the Army mostly procuring and inspecting food for the fighting troops.

After the war and marriage to Peggy Jones Ripple, he established his veterinary practice in Dodge City in 1946, which exists to this day. He partnered with Dr. Gus Liebl for over 50 years; they were widely known as Ripple and Liebl. Dr. Bill was a skilled veterinarian, especially in equine medicine, surgery, and the cattle industry,and was a lifeloong member of KVMA and AVMA.

After his wife Peggy died, he cared for and raised his four children while practicing. Still working when grandchildren arrived, he brought them along on calving calls and other traumatic yet memorable trips to the animal hospital. The family loved times at the cabin in Colorado when Bill hosted, playing tricks on all, cooking legendary meals, and hiking familiar trails.

Bill was a lifetime and faithful member of First Presbyterian Church, also serving as a deacon and elder. His interest in establishing a Presbyterian Manor in Dodge City led to his being on the Board of Trustees.

His friendships were legendary and replete with stories of adventures that bordered on misbehavior. Tricks and pranks on friends and family have provided a body of Ripple mythology. In spite of these hijinks, he was known as a man of sterling character and absolute goodness; he was honest to the core and kind to all.

Dr. Ripple is survived by his four children, David (Paula) Ripple, Dodge City,Ks; Gretchen (Terry) Malone, Dodge City, Ks.; Jim (Traca) Ripple, Elizabeth, Colorado; and Beth (Steve) Graves, Parker, Colorado. His grandchildren are Shelley Rodriguez, Jacob Ripple, Katie Johnson, Kevin Malone, Kyle Malone, Max Ripple, Taress Ripple; Sarah Graves, Annie Graves and Brenna Graves. He had five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife , Peggy Jones Ripple; sister, Virginia Baldwin and brother Dr. Harold Ripple.

Funeral service will be on Thursday, November 30,2017 at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church with Baraney Korbelik, CRE, presiding.

Memorials to the Dr. William E. Ripple Scholarship in Veterinary Medicine (which he established at Colorado State Univeristy) or First Presbyterian Church, Dodge City,Ks. both in care of Swaim Funeral Home.
Last Updated: 04-28-2018 Alumni ID: 12038
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