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Edwin G. Ripperger

April 3, 1935 ~ November 21, 2019 (age 84)

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Edwin G. Ripperger, 84 of Alpha, IL died Thursday, November 21, 2019 at the Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville. Mass of Christian Burial is 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 25, 2019 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Woodhull. Visitation is 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Burial is 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 26, 2019 in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Indianola, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the Knox County Nursing Home or Beacon of Hope Hospice. Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home in Alpha is in charge of arrangements and online condolences can be made at

He was born April 3, 1935 in Milo, Iowa to Gerald and Mary Schneider Ripperger. Edwin graduated from Milo High School in 1954. He married Janet Sue Patch September 6, 1958 in Milo, Iowa. She died March 6, 1996. Edwin later married Patricia Morland May 16, 1998 in Woodhull, Illinois.

Edwin served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1957 and was stationed in Germany for two years.
He farmed and operated a grocery store in Milo, Iowa. He was later employed as a truck driver for Argee Transport in Des Moines, Iowa, retiring in 2000.

Edwin was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Woodhull and the Oxford American Legion Post 1197.

Survivors include his wife: Patricia; one son: Mark Ripperger of Indianola, Iowa; four grandchildren: Melissa Chumbley of Faribault, MN; Jessica Chumbley of Gaylord, MN; Andrew and Nicole Ripperger both of Indianola, IA; four great grandchildren: Paige, Levi and Gage Chumbley and Kylah Olson, all of Minnesota; extended family: Michael J. (Tiffany) Morland of Anna, TX; Kristine (Jeff) Morland-Schultz of Lynn Center, IL; grandchildren: Dylan, Drake, Cassidy and Coby Schultz and Hannah and Madison Morland; two sisters: Virginia Biddle of Des Moines, Iowa; Beverly (Lawrence) Chichelly of Des Moines, Iowa; one sister-in-law: Theresa Ripperger of Greensberg, IN; one brother-in-law: Lester Metz of Des Moines; several nieces and nephews.

His parents; wife: Janet; two children: Matthew Ripperger; Marcia Ripperger; one sister: Phyllis Metz; one brother: Harold “Doc” Ripperger and one brother-in-law: Joe Biddle preceded him in death.

The family wishes to thank the Knox County Nursing Home and Beacon of Hope Hospice for the wonderful care they gave Edwin for the past 23 months.

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 Service Program


November 25, 2019

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
St. John's Catholic, Woodhull

, IL

Mass of Christian Burial
November 25, 2019

11:00 AM
St. John's Catholic, Woodhull

, IL


St. John's Catholic Church
390 E. Highway Avenue
Woodhull, IL 61490

Military Graveside
November 26, 2019

1:00 PM to TBD
I.O.O.F. Cemetery
1201 S. Jefferson Way
Indianola, IA 50125


Beacon of Hope Hospice
102 East Main Street, Galesburg IL 61401

Knox County Nursing Home
800 N. Market Street, Knoxville IL 61448

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