Robert B. Ripley
April 20, 1937 - February 6, 2017
Robert B. Ripley, 79, of Creston, died peacefully on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at Medina Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Bob was born in Creston on April 20, 1937 to the late Lyle and Josephine (Meliers) Ripley and married the former Eleanor “Elly” Jones on Dec. 22, 1956 who survives. He established Accurate Office Equipment in 1965 which he operated until 1999 in Wadsworth at which time he established Pro Office which he continued to operate in his retirement. He had also operated the family business, Ripley Printing until 1978. Bob built the family home having been a resident of Creston all of his life and could fix and repair anything. He was a member of Creston Moose Lodge 1224 and enjoyed cars and motorcycles.
Surviving are his wife Elly, daughters, Theresa (Joe) Click of Creston, Cindy (Mike) Demiter of Wadsworth and Darlene (Tom) Figura of Rittman; 8 grandchildren, Maria Click, Monica Click, Jennifer Henthorn, Elizabeth Demiter, Aleah Coats, Ethan Demiter, Tiffany Figura and T.J. Figura; great-grandchildren, Alaina, Anna and Avery Henthorn and Mason, Emmett and Gavin Coates and nieces and nephews. A brother, Kent preceded him in death.
Services will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Murray Funeral Home in Creston where friends may call Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Burial will be in Creston Maple Mound Cemetery. Tributes may be shared at www.Murray-Funeral-Home.com
Memorial contributions may be made to Canaan Township Fire and EMS, PO Box 25, Creston, OH 44217. The family extends their deep appreciation to the staff at Medina Hospital in the Emergency Department and ICU for the exceptional care give to Bob and his family as well as to the Fresenius Dialysis Center of Wadsworth and the Home Care Givers for all their care and support.
To leave an expression of sympathy for the family, please send through the Message Board on the left.
Name: Mary and Jeremy Larrison and Lance, Alivia, Julia and Luke
We have had the privilege of being a neighbor of Bob and Elly for nearly 13 years. The first two things that come to my mind when remembering Bob are "creek and cookies". Our family has spent countless hours down at "Ripley's Creek". It is even a spot for our yearly pictures. Bob's invitation for us to explore the creek was one of the first things he said when he introduced himself. As far as cookies, Bob and Elly always seemed to show up with cookies or have cookies for the kids when we would visit. The kids got wise after a short time and if Bob's truck was home or he pulled in when we were at the creek, they would say "lets go say hi...lets go see Bob and Elly!" They knew what would be in store for them. Next, I am reminded how helpful Bob was. He would happily plow the driveway in the winter before we had our own equipment or bring his tractor up if we needed it. He helped us when we had questions, and checked up on us if a long time went by without seeing one another. We were always asking how we could help him out, and just wish he would have let us help more! Bob shows us the hard work it takes to be a care taker, and husband through sickness and health as he has helped Elly over the last several years. We will miss hearing the sound of his truck ("Bob's Toy")and truck horn, 4 wheeler and even the strawberry Dairy Queen sundaes he would bring! We share just a tip of the sadness of the family, but we will miss Bob greatly. Our love and prayers are with the family.
Name: Ruth Darling
It was my privilege to have known Bob and Elly when they worked in their store in Wadsworth. He was always helpful with anything I needed. And kept my typewriters serviced. He and Elly both were such delightful people to be around. It has been several years since seeing either one of them. My sincerest sympathy to all the family in your loss. He was one great guy.
Name: Carolyn Lutz
My love and prayers are with each of you at this sad time. It was a pleasure to deal with all of you at Accurate all those years while working for the Lumber Yard. You all went out of your way to meet all the needs I had. Bob was a kind and gentle man. May God grant you comfort and peace in this your hour of sadness. In Jesus Love,
Name: Denise Dhayer
My sincerest condolences to the family as you have lost a kind, gentle and caring person. I will always remember Bob introducing Tara to the zip line that went from swing set to the house and how much he laughed and smiled when she finally rode it. Even though I had not been around the family in several years, when ever I ran into Bob and Ellie, he always extended a hug and would ask how I was doing. Bob loved his family and always made sure that everyone was taken care of much like his unconditional love for Ellie. May he rest in peace and you always know that he will be your guardian angel. God Bless all of you.
Name: Cheryl Kukwa
I had the pleasure of caring for Elly and Bob for just over a year. Getting to know them both. I will remember Bob going for a ride on his 4-wheeler and getting Elly to ride with him. He also had a way with talking about a landscaping idea and next thing you are helping him get the job done. He is already missed a great deal. Prayers and heartfelt wishes go out to his family and friends I am a better person to have known Bob and Elly Ripley.
Name: Terry Phelps
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Bob from the Accurate Office days. I really enjoyed Bob's sense of humor. And his wife was always making jokes. God Bless.
Name: Robert & Lucy Dean
Our condolences to Elly, Theresa, Cindy, Darlene, & all the family. You all will be in our thoughts & prayers during the difficult days to come. We first came to know Bob & the family when we moved to Creston over 40 years ago. We have many memories of the days when our children were growing up , as neighbors & friends. Bob was always helpful whenever someone needed a hand or advice, and could be seen out in the cold plowing his neighbors driveways every winter until his health problems made him unable to do so. He will be missed by many , family & friends. May God bless & comfort you all.
Name: Terri Click
Let's walk down memory lane together. My memories always included family, fun and most of all laughter. There were memories of backyard volleyball games, sitting around after listening to songs and stories, our girls being watched by the Ripley girls & this often included them putting on a "show" which would include costumes of some sort, Bob & Elly popping in to invite us to join them for dinner & a drink (or two). The endless time Elly and I would be on the phone & start laughing until we just had to hang up & finish our conversation later, Kenny's countless call to Bob for electrical problem assistance....thank you Bob, Elly & girls for these memories our family have of the times spent with the Ripley family. Now your families can add to your memories hopefully with some smiles and laughter too. Bob will be missed by many, may he now enjoy the rest he earned. Prayers will continue for all of the family.
Name: Rhonda Carpenter
My sincere sorry goes out for Darlene and her family. Being Darlene's best friend growing up I spent so much time with her family and Bob and Elly became my second family. Please forgive my absence on this sad day as I had an accident and can't be there to share your sorrow. I love all of you and my heart is with you today.
Rhonda Carpenter and Family
Name: Rhonda Carpenter
Deceased Name: Robert Ripley
Email message:: My sincere sorry goes out for Darlene and her family. Being Darlene's best friend growing up I spent so much time with her family and Bob and Kelly became my second family. Please forgive my absence on this sad day as I had an accident and can't be there to share your sorrow. I love all of you and my heart is with you today.
Rhonda Carpenter and Family