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Columbia Missourian

Harry Lloyd Rippeto, formerly of Hallsville, enjoyed mentoring students

By Lauren Gatcombe
January 16, 2013 | 2:17 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA— Beth Danley remembers her friend of 10 years, Harry Lloyd Rippeto, as a very kind giving person who loved to enjoy life.

Mr. Rippeto of Sanford, Fla., and formerly of Hallsville, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, after battling Leukemia. He was 64 years old.

Mr. Rippeto was born April 28, 1948, in Columbia to Morris Divin and Beulah Mae Rice Rippeto.

He graduated from Hallsville High School in 1966. After high school he attended Kansas City Technical School where he trained as an auto mechanic.

"Auto mechanics was something he was always interested in," said Mary Niemeyer, his half-sister.

Mr. Rippeto worked for Universal Studios in Florida supervising and maintaining the amusement rides. He also mentored high school students in Robotics competitions.

"Helping the high school kids was something he enjoyed very much," Niemeyer said.

Niemeyer said Mr. Rippeto went back-and-forth between living in Columbia and Florida because he did not like cold weather in Missouri.

"He loved Florida and the water," Niemeyer said.

He restored a boat named "Rip-Tide," which he lived on in Florida.

Danley said he lived on the boat because he thought it would be something neat to try.

Mr. Rippeto is survived by a son, Shawn and his wife, Becky Rippeto; a daughter, Michelle and her husband, Rick Meyer; a brother, Larry and his wife, Brenda Rippeto, of Hallsville; four half-sisters, Anna Ruth Yelvington and Hazel Dean Hitt of Columbia, Stella Mae Ervin and her husband, Warren "Butch," of San Antonio and Mary Helen Niemeyer of Mehlville; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews; a special friend, Beth Danley of Orlando.

His parents and half-brother, James "Jim" Ridgway died earlier.

Visitation will held Friday from noon until 2 p.m. Services will follow at 2 p.m. at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave. Burial will be held after services at Mt. Zion Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, 2101 Vandiver Drive Columbia, MO 65202.

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