Laddie Eugene Rippetoe, 93, of Galveston, passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2010, in La Marque, TX. He was born June 12, 1917, to Jim and Myrtie Rippetoe in Highland, Texas, Erath County. Laddie graduated from Comyn High School with the Class of 1934. He joined the US Army on March 14, 1940 and was honorably discharged on October 31, 1945. He was promoted to Master Sergeant about 18 months after enlisting. Laddie served in two companies, one in Mississippi and one in Massachusetts, as well as four foreign countries: England, France, Belgium, and Germany. He received the American Defense Medal, the EAME Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Distinguished Service Medal. After his service with the Army, Laddie worked as a paint contractor in Galveston and the surrounding towns from 1961 until 2000. Laddie and his wife, Goldie, were members of the Galveston Elks Lodge, the Sons of Hermann Lodge, and the VFW Lodge and had many friends in all of them.
Laddie was preceded in death by his wife, Goldie, on May 5, 2008; parents, Myrtie and James Rippetoe; one sister; two brothers; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is survived by three stepsons, Darrell Kelemen and wife, Nancy; Donald Keleman and wife Debbie, and Michael Kelemen and wife, Cora; niece, Carol Hopson; nephew, Jerral Rippetoe; grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Laddie’s family will receive visitors beginning at 9:00 am, Saturday, November 27th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday at the funeral home with burial following at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Pallbearers will be James Kelemen, Darrell Kelemen, Chris Kelemen, Mike Kelemen, Mike Kelemen, Jr., and Virle Collier. Honorary pallbearer will be Jerral Rippetoe.
Laddie’s family wishes to thank the Guardian Angels of Santa Fe and Bayou Pines Care Center for the excellent care shown to Mr. Rippetoe.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.