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Ronald Rippey, Sr.

9/3/1941 - 4/14/2019

PEKIN ~ Ronald Dean Rippey, Sr., 77, of Pekin, passed away at 5 a.m. Sunday, April 14. 2019 at his home.

Born September 3, 1941 in East Chicago, Indiana to C.W. and Evelyn (Thompas) Rippey, he married Donna J. DeGard on July 12, 1961 Crown Point, Indiana. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Ron (Deborah) Rippey, Jr. and David Rosenswipe, Sr., both of Pekin; two daughters, Judith (Darrell) Lemons and Belinda Rosenswipe; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one niece, Sherry Hall of Alabama and one nephew, Jeff Blue of Alabama.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Marty Rosenswipe; one sister, Carolyn Dollar.

Ron was a veteran of the United States Marines.

He retired from the Par-A-Dice Riverboat in 2012 as a blackjack dealer.

A computer enthusiast, Ron enjoyed watching T.V., especially NCIS. He was a family man, who enjoyed his grandchildren dearly.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Chaplain Jack Brown will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin. Military rites will be provided by the United States Marine and Tazewell Military Rites Team.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Boys & Girls Club of Pekin, 1101 Veerman Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

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