Services are 11 a.m. Thursday in the Celebration of Life Chapel at Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Moline. Burial is at Rock Island National Cemetery. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Activity Fund at Aspen Rehab and Healthcare or Alzheimer's research.
Clayton James Ripperton was born on Nov. 11, 1932, in Davenport, to Amy Clark and Grover Cleveland Ripperton. He married Joan Kerker in 1954, in Davenport, and together they had four children. He married Maurene Echoute LeVan in 1978, in Moline.
He was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, during the Korean War, enlisting in 1952, and obtaining the rank of lieutenant. His fascination of planes, jets and all things airborne would continue throughout his life. Rip graduated from St. Ambrose College in 1967. He worked for Brammer Manufacturing for 32 years, and retired from Freed Heating and Air Conditioning in 2001. Rip enjoyed camping, dancing and always was comfortable with a room full of family entertaining from behind his bar. He never quite understood how much we loved to hear him sing.
Rip is survived by his wife, Maurene; children and their spouses, Cheryl and Kirby Graff, Bettendorf, and Mary and Kevin Cox, Kirk and Patti Ripperton, and Scott and Michelle Ripperton, all of Davenport; grandchildren and their spouses, Nikki and Brent Kock, Bill Cox, Jacob Ripperton and Jacklynn Ripperton; great-grandchildren, Joseph and Andrew Kock; and several much loved nieces and nephews.
He also is survived by Maurene's children and their families, Cheri Frakes, Milan, Terry and Alice LeVan, Rock Island, Kent Sr. and Judy LeVan, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Beth and Don Albrecht, Olathe, Kan.; her grandchildren, Brian Frakes, Michael and Stacy Frakes, Corey and Amanda LeVan, Melissa LeVan, Katie LeVan Phillips, Angela LeVan, Kent LeVan Jr., Christopher LeVan, Sarah Albrecht, Jake Albrecht and Luke Albrecht; her 10 great-grandchildren; and her sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Paul Lind, Hillsdale.
He will lovingly be missed by all.
Waiting to greet him in heaven are his parents; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ethel and Albert Ohlsen, and Iona and Harold Kress; brother, Dacil Ripperton; granddaughter, JoLee Catherine Cox; and stepson-in-law, Jerry Frakes.
Rip's family invites friends to share stories and condolences and light a candle in his memory at www.TrimbleFuneralHomes.com.
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