Charles R. Ripley Sr.

Born: Thu., Sep. 5, 1940
Died: Mon., Feb. 15, 2021


Family to do services at later date


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Charles R. Ripley Sr., 80, of Harrisville, died at Carthage Area Hospital on Monday, February 15, 2021 where he had been a patient for a short time. He was in the company of family.

Charles was born September 5, 1940 in Harrisville, a son of Carl and Laverna (Reader) Ripley. Charles graduated from Harrisville Central School and enlisted for a career with the US NAVY, of which he served 20 years of honorable and dedicated service. On June 20, 1959, Charles married Norma Jean Luther in Harrisville. After their marriage, they initially moved to Charleston, SC, and then to Groton, CT, where Charles was stationed in the US Navy. Later the couple moved to Des Moines, IA, before returning to Harrisville in 1978. 

Outside of his naval career, Charles worked construction, drove truck, and worked as an electrician for the Fort Drum DPW until retiring for the second time in 2002. Following his retirement from Fort Drum, Charles delivered trucks for Viking Plows until 2016. Charles was a 44-year member of the Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department and served on the Harrisville School Board including several years as president.

His hobbies included golf league, bowling and riding his side-by-side. He was an avid outdoorsman, participating in hunting, fishing and trap shooting, was a longtime member and past president of the Mullen Flow Hunting Club, the Harrisville Rod & Gun Club of which he was past president and a founding member and past captain of the clubs trap-shooting team. Charles enjoyed big league teams, such as baseballs New York Yankees and Syracuse Basketball, but he also loved making his children and grandchildren’s sport teams feel like they were big league as well. As a Vietnam Veteran, keeping in contact with his former Naval Shipmates was one of his favorite pastimes as well and he enjoyed attending the USS Tigrone reunions.

Charles is survived by a son, Charles II (Catherine) Ripley and a daughter, Elizabeth Barlow; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Carl W. “Skip” Ripley, of Ingleside, IL; two sisters, Karen “Sue” Wiltse, of Hope Mills, NC, and Trudy J. Parow, of Harrisville, and many nieces and nephews. 

His beloved wife, Norma Jean “Sis” Ripley, infant son, Jason Paul and his parents, Carl and Laverna and a sister, Kay Ray all predecease him.

A memorial service to celebrate and honor Charles’ life will be scheduled for a time in the summer when the weather is warm and everyone who wishes to can attend. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department; 14226 Church St, Harrisville, NY 13648.

Memories and condolences are encouraged online at www.scanlonfuneral.com. Arrangements for Mr. Charles R. Ripley Sr. are under the care of the Scanlon Funeral Home of Harrisville.

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Lynda and Elton Wood
   Posted Fri February 19, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your Dad was a great guy. He will be missed by all. Elton and Lynda

Brenda Leonard
   Posted Fri February 19, 2021
My condolences to the family of Mr. Ripley. He will be missed. Such a wonderful long time neighbor when I was growing up. Brenda Leonard

John “Dirt” Murray. SKCM(SS). USN RET
   Posted Fri February 19, 2021
Rip we’re going to miss you at the TIGRONE reunion in May. We will all raise a glass to honor you. You are a true Patriot who served your country with honor. More importantly you were a great father, grandfather, teacher, mentor, community leader, and a pretty good third baseman too. You always had our backs, and never afraid to work or get dirty. I know you are finally with Norma, and both of you will look after us, and make room for those of us that qualify for our Heavenly Father’s staff.
Your Shipmates USS TIGRONE ( AGSS-419)
EMCS(SS) Charley Ripley, rest your oars your Shipmates have the watch

Patti Frerichs
   Posted Fri February 19, 2021
Charlie, Liz and family. Thinking of you as you face the days ahead to work through your grief and share the many memories you have of such a great guy. Thoughts and prayers.

Sharon Wohnsiedler
   Posted Sat February 20, 2021
My sincere sympathy and prayers for the family.

Ronald & Andrea Eibert
   Posted Sun February 21, 2021
We are so very sorry for your loss. Charlie was a great man and will be missed. Our thoughts are with you all.

Brian and Krista Wohnsiedler
   Posted Mon February 22, 2021
Deepest sympathies to all the family.

Larry Mashaw
   Posted Mon February 22, 2021
Dear Charlie, Cathy, and family, We are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Larry and Tammy.

Lauraina & Tom Nadelen
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
Charlie,Cathy & the entire Ripley family: We are so sorry for your loss. Thoughts & prayers for you all at this sad time.

Sue Burgess
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
To the family and friends of Charles Ripley: I was sad to read of Charlie's death. May the caring, support, and prayers of others help comfort you during this time of loss.

Sincerely, Sue Burgess and family


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