Obituary of Richard Fullam Ripley
Richard Fullam Ripley of Nevada City, passed away September 3, 2015 in his home of sudden cardiac arrest. He was 63 years old.
Born in Pasadena, California, on July 2, 1952, he grew up in Glendale. His passion for shortwave radio communications with people around the world started in his youth. He graduated Glendale High and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1971.
After honorably serving through Vietnam, he struck out for Southeastern Idaho to join his brother David in farming and great outdoor adventures. There he joined the Army National Guard while becoming a mechanic and equipment operator for Bingham County. That is also where he met his partner Rose. In 1979 he sold his farm and relocated to Northern California. He created a new home for his family and developed a beautiful piece of land where his three children grew up in the forested foothills outside Nevada City.
He continued his career as an equipment operator, eventually becoming licensed as a Class A driver with Hazardous Material and other endorsements. He worked as a regional driver before retiring to his own entrepreneurial pursuits. He collected vintage Mercedes and International pickups.
He was an avid outdoorsman, survivalist and firearms enthusiast. He loved his pets as part of the family. He was a revolutionary dedicated to medical cannabis cultivation and advocacy. He propagated his own strain of Northern Colombian, specifically adapted to the San Juan Ridge. He was cremated with a bouquet of his flowers and his ashes will be shot from a cannon.
He is survived by his partner, Rose Scott Gibson; his son, Richard Theodore Ripley; his daughter, Louisa May Ripley; his brothers, James Patrick Ripley and Michael Lyford Ripley; his sisters, Pamela Ripley Dombroski and Karen Ripley O’Kelly; his grandson, Bryce Jacob Ripley.
He was predeceased by his parents, Colonel Theodore James and Geraldine Juaneta (Burr) Ripley; his brother, David Burr Ripley, and his daughter, Melissa Rose Ripley.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center 17894 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, CA 95959.
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