Roger Davis Ripley

    Roger Davis Ripley, 77, of Decatur, died at 10:14 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2012, at his residence.
    Roger was born on Saturday, February 16, 1935, in Adams County, the son of the late Leland and Midge (Davis) Ripley.
    He married Betty M. Roe on December 4, 1954, in Decatur; she survives.
    Roger was a member of the Willshire Union United Methodist Church, served on the Decatur Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and coached Little League and Pony League for Monmouth from 1967-1973.
    Roger owned and operated Roe-Ripley Construction Inc. and retired in 1996 after 42 years. Prior to construction he worked for Home Dairy in Berne.
    Surviving are his wife, Betty M. Ripley of Decatur; son, Kevin (Kris) Ripley of Decatur; daughter, Sherry (Richard) Grote of Goshen; sister, Enid Roberts of Columbus, Ind.; brothers, Charles E. (Norma) Ripley of Plymouth, Ind.; Marcus J. (Penny) Ripley of Decatur, Ind.; Thomas M. (Arvilla) Ripley of Lexington, Ky. ; and Michael K. (Emily) Ripley of Fort Wayne; sister, Laura Pauline (Marvin) Joray of Wentworth, S.D.; son-in-law, Kim Schamerloh of Decatur; seven grandchildren, Brad Schamerloh, Jenny Koerner, Megan Schamerloh, Randon Ripley, Kylee Johnson, Kaitlynn Grote, and Trey Grote; seven great-grandchildren, Noah & Eli Schamerloh, Aubrey Koerner, Colten, Hunter, & Ellie Johnson, and Kason Grote. The eighth great-grandchild is due in July.
    Preceding Roger in death were one daughter, Rozelyn Schamerloh; one son, Roger Duane Ripley; and two brothers, David L. Ripley, and John W. Ripley.
    Friends will be received from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15,  in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services at the funeral home on Wednesday.
    Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, also at the funeral home, with Rev. Mitch Ripley and Rev. Bud Larimore officiating. Burial will follow in the Tricker Cemetery, Monroe.
    Preferred memorials are to A.C.C.F. - Lung; A.C.C.F. - Cancer; or the Willshire Union United Methodist Church.
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