Obit: Riplinger, Warren (1920 - 2006)
Contact:  Duane Horn

----Sources: La Crosse Tribune

Riplinger, Warren (9 APR 1920 - 7 MAR 2006)

Warren "Rip" Riplinger, 85, of La Crosse passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at his home in La Crosse, surrounded by his loving family. Longtime residents of La Crosse will remember Rip as the proprietor of several gas stations in the area.

Warren was born April 9, 1920, in Marshfield, Wis., to Edward and Harriet (Neubauer) Riplinger. He grew up in the Riplinger, Wisc. area. He served his country during World War II in the Army Air Corps, stationed in England. After returning from Europe, Warren moved to La Crosse where he joined his brother, Myron, in the gas station business at Third and Cass Streets. Eventually, both brothers ran their own stations, and for more that 30 years, there were two "Rip Brothers Cities Station" stations in town.Warren ran the station at Third and Jay streets. He later moved his business to Fourth and Market streets, where he remained until his retirement in 1977. During his retirement, Warren continued to work, first plowing snow and starting cars for AAA, and later mowing lawns, In 1951, he married Donna Mulder, and their marriage was blessed with eight children. Donna preceded Warren in death July 29, 1994. Warren was a longtime member of the Roy L. Vingers American Legion Post 52 and Thomas Rooney VFW Post 1530, both in La Crosse.

Survivors include two sons, Jeff (Debby) Riplinger of Washington, D.C., and Randy Riplinger of La Crosse; and six daughters, Julie Riplinger of Corning, N.Y., Cindy (Dave) Konrath, Sue(Steve) Hildahl, Trudy McGowan (Jeff Halverson), Tisa (Tim) Schulz and Nanette (James) Harter, all of La Crosse. Warren is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Blair, Blake and Jennifer Hildahl, Amber, Adam, Allie and Autumn Schulz, Kevin Riplinger Gallagher, Jackson Riplinger Gallagher, and Benjamin and Samantha Harter.

In addition to his wife, Warren was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Myron Riplinger.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 13, at North Presbyterian Church, 1327 N. Salem Road, La Crosse. Pastor Scott Skogen will officiate, Burial will be in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park Cemetery, with military honors by the Roy L. Vingers American Legion Post 52, Thomas Rooney VFW Post 1530 and the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard. Friends may call Sunday at North Presbyterian Church from 5 to 7 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m.until the time of service. Woodruff-Jandt Funeral Home, La Crosse, is in charge of arrangements.

Warren's family would like to express a sincere thank you to Gundersen Lutheran Hospice and Suzanne Hanson for all the wonderful care given to our father.



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