Dennis A. Ripley

August 18, 1947 ~ August 5, 2019 (age 71)


Dennis A. Ripley, age 71, of Hillpoint, passed away on Monday, August 5, 2019, at his home. He was born on August 18, 1947 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, the son of Donald P. and Gloria T. (Meyer) Ripley. He was a lifelong resident of the Hillpoint area. Dennis and Shirley Wagner were confirmed together in 1963, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hillpoint.  He was a 1965 graduate of Weston High School. On December 14, 1974, Dennis was united in marriage to Shirley A. Wagner at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hillpoint. This marriage was blessed with one daughter, Shelley. In 1974, he started his own repair shop, D and R Repair, and later did repairs from home. He serviced trucks for Hedings and Korth Transfer for several years. Dennis also worked on farm equipment. He also worked for Ray Zobel and Sons and in Reedsburg and then DRM in Lake Delton, retiring in 2012. Dennis farmed from 1998 until 2013 and retired from that due to health reasons. He enjoyed deer hunting when he was able, and liked International tractors.

He was preceded in death by his mother, and grandson, Jacob Craker.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Shirley of Hillpoint; daughter, Shelley (Delvin) Craker of Hillpoint; grandsons, Joshua and Ethan Craker; his father, Donald Ripley and friend Lorraine Cortleyou of Hillpoint; sisters and brothers, Vicki Mittlesteadt of Baraboo, Shari Ripley of Hillpoint, Donald Ripley and Kelly Rodenschmit of Baraboo, Darrell (Janice) Ripley of Cazenovia, Dawn (Robert) Amman of Florida, and Roxanne (David) Fredrickson of Loganville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kathryn (Duane) Dreifke, Edward (Marie) Wagner, Philip Wagner, Carl Wagner, and Donna (Al) Strasrypka; along with other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Dennis Ripley will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 10, 2019 at St. Joh'sn Ev. Lutheran Church in Hillpoint with Pastor Daniel Lewig and Pastor Jim Korthals officiating. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Hillpoint. Visitation will be on Friday, August 9, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 P.M. at the Farber Funeral Home in Reedsburg, and on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service at the church.

The Farber Funeral Home, Reedsburg, is assisting the family.


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Funeral Service
August 10, 2019

11:00 AM
St. John Ev. Lutheran Church Rock Springs
299 W Broadway
Rock Springs, WI 53961

August 10, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Farber Funeral Home
2000 Viking Dr. P.O. Box 305
Reedsburg, WI 53959

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