October 14, 1963 - July 27, 2017
Born in Battle Creek, MI
Resided in Howe, IN
Rodney was born on October 14, 1963, in Battle Creek, MI to William Harrison Ripley and Carol (Gauper) Kolady.
He worked as a welder and fabricator.
Rodney was a member of the Sturgis Eagles and the LaGrange American Legion Post #215 SAL.
On June 16, 2012, he married Melinda (Spencer) in Seminole, Fl. She survives in Howe.
Rodney is also survived by his mother and step-father, Carol and Allan Kolady of Sturgis, MI; his father, William Harrison Ripley of Nashville, MI; a daughter and son-in-law, Ashley and Brad Parsons; a son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Angela Ripley all of Battle Creek, MI; three step-children, Cheyenne Marie Foxworth and Dakota William Foxworth both of Pinellas Park, FL and Hunter Richard Foxworth of Howe, IN, and seven grandchildren.
His daughter Ashley wrote the following poem:
All the ups and downs
The obstacles in between
His love roared like the engine in his Harley
Strong and graceful
He took his talent and put everyone's story
On their skin for millions to see
His welding made his hands as strong as strong could be
But to all his grand babies and children
His hands would lighten to a feather
And warm his heart like the morning sun
He rode his Harley with the eagles flying by
So, free and happy the breeze so cool and dry
He took his ride up the stairs
Where the good lord was standing by
Now the son the father the papa and the husband
We all knew has his place at home
Flying free like an Angel everyday
We will miss you gampey don't shed a tear
We are safe cause of you
No worries down here.
Rodney is preceded in death by his brother, Thomas William Ripley on April 4, 1986 and his step-father, Michael James Hughes on April 2, 2001.
A Celebration of Life gathering will start at 1pm on Thursday, August 3rd at the Sturgis VFW, 264 W. Fawn River Rd., Sturgis, MI.
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Sturgis, MI US 49091