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Rippey News, June 4, 2018

Upcoming events

Rippey Lions Club will meet on Thursday, June 7, at 7 pm in the home of Cindy and Mark Devilbiss. For the potluck meal, members may bring meat to grill and a dish to share. The next regular meeting will be in September.

Dale and Nancy Hanaman will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 8. Their children and families are planning a celebration later in the summer.

Rippey United Methodist Church

Work day for the ice cream social is Saturday, June 9 at 8:00.
Rippey United Methodist Church will hold its ice cream social on Sunday, June 10. Serving will begin at 4 until 7 pm.

Rippey library by librarian Shawneene Kenan

Our new summer hours start on Monday, June 4. The library will be open Monday-Wednesday 1pm – 5pm as usual. Thursdays we will open at 3pm and close at 7pm and Friday are normal hours, 1pm-5pm.

The summer reading theme this year is “Libraries Rock” and it will start on Monday, June 18. It will be on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until June 29 when we will have our awards party with pizza and ice cream. The programs include crafts, various presenters teaching about music and how to write a song, and what else? …beautiful Iowa rocks and stones! Anyone interested in participating should call or stop into the Library to register.

Also, Tuesday, June 12, at 1 pm, we will have a program by Will Stuck to kick off Summer Reading. Will brings music and stories to hilarity with his program HOOPLA!

On July 16 at 1 pm we will bring another program to the library by children’s entertainer Dennis Porter called “Jester Tells All!”

All ages are welcome at both shows. These shows are free and fun for the whole family! They are sponsored by the Greene County board of supervisors and the Greene County Library Association.

Call the library at 515-436-7714 for more information on any of these events.

Rippey alumni party – The annual gathering of the Rippey Consolidated School was held on Saturday, May 26, in the Rippey United Methodist Church.

Fifty-two alumni and friends gathered for the meal, prepared and served by chairman Phyllis Bardole and her committee, Maralynn Rinker, Dale and Nancy Hanaman, Rick and Mary Liebich, Dick and Jo Bardole, Roy Bardole, Kevin and Mary Hick, Rob Yelnick, Arthur and Avery Bardole and George Millard.

After the meal, the group gathered in the sanctuary, where president Mary Liebich conducted the meeting. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited, followed by singing the first verse of America the Beautiful, accompanied by Dick Bardole.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and the treasurer’s report given.

Thirty-four alumni answered roll call. Mary Dugan, who graduated in 1934, was given her flower in honor of her being the oldest alumni during the meal, as she and her family left early. Mary will be 102 this year.

The 70-year class was recognized and those attending were LaVere Derry and Ruth (Grow) Kenney-Randolph. Ruth shared some memories of the years spent going to school in Rippey and how special it was to share these memories with LaVere as a classmate.
The 60-year class was recognized, also. Those attending from the class of 1958 were Larry Johnson, Gail Monthei, and Verdina (Odin) Hastings. Larry, on behalf of his classmates, shared some highlights of their school memories.

Jean Borgeson read some letters from alumni who couldn’t attend. She also read the list of deaths that are known since May, 2017.

Election of officers resulted in no election. Mary Liebich and Jean Borgeson, along with the rest of the volunteers, agreed to continue with the alumni party next year.
A collection was taken to help defray the expenses.
Mary announced the times for the church service and the Memorial Day services with a lunch to follow.
There being no other business, the meeting adjourned.

Many stayed for refreshments and more visiting during the afternoon. There was a display of alumni memorabilia, annuals, and pictures that Jean Borgeson brought. Also, thanks to Brenda Kiner who shared with Jean, the posters her aunt Maxine Johnson had prepared for her retirement party of all the kindergarten classes she had taught, including the three years at Cooper. These displays triggered a lot of memories!

Andrews reunion – Twenty-seven descendants of the John and Gertrude Andrews family met at the Rippey Cemetery for services on May 28. This annual Andrews reunion has been held for more than 30 years at the Memorial Day services. Great-granddaughter Wendy (Roberts) Burkett played Taps following the military honors this year. As in recent years the group met afterwards at the Rippey Methodist Church for lunch and conversation with family members and others.

In former years the lunch following the services was held at the farm home of Dale and

Verna (Andrews) Roberts. Members attending this year were Kathleen (Andrews) Linn, Philip and Toni Roberts, Chris and Brenda Roberts, Tim and Lori (Roberts) Bardole and Gabe of Rippey; Cassie Bardole of Jefferson; Rebecca Linn of Dana; Karen (Roberts) Rooney and sons Dominik and Jordan of Churdan; Gene and Charlene (Roberts) Dorman of Perry; Wendy (Roberts) Burkett and daughters Josie, Addie, and Lily of Winterset; Simone Andrews, Alain and Chris Andrews of Pleasant Hill; and Rick and Sharon Andrews, Kayla Andrews and children Carter and Avery Andrews of Des Moines. One family had five generations of Andrews present this year. They were Simone Andrews, widow of Raymond Andrews, her son Alain Andrews, grandson Rick Andrews, great-granddaughter Kayla Andrews and great-great-grandchildren Carter and Avery. It was wonderful having so many family members present to pay tribute to the family and service members who are gone but not forgotten.

Memorial Day guests – Guests in the home of Dale and Nancy Hanaman on Memorial Day included cousins and grandchildren of Almeda and Orsamus Young: Robert Huber and Lyn Countryman of Cedar Falls, Sterling and Vicky Young of Clear Lake, and Eldon and Jane Young of Johnston. Other cousins had sent their regrets. Later in the week, Dale and Nancy Hanaman journeyed to Superior, WI, to visit with their daughter Sarah and Benji Pearson, Steven, Elizabeth and Andrea.

Baptism – Schyler and Lauren Bardole of Adaza had Adam Timothy Wayne baptized Sunday morning June 3, at the Churdan United Methodist Church. Those attending were Karla King of Adaza, Taylor King of Des Moines and Kay Renwanz from Scranton. Also attending were Timothy and Lori Bardole and Gabe Bardole of Rippey, Cassie Bardole of Jefferson, Pete, Yvette, Arthur, Avery, and Aden Bardole, of Jefferson, Philip and Toni Roberts, and Roy and Phyllis Bardole, all from Rippey.

The family and church members enjoyed cake and punch after the service. Gifts were opened then also.

LaVere Derry (seated) was honored for 60 years’ membership in the American Legion by Dennis Ulrich.

Special milestone – At the Memorial Day services Dennis Ulrich presented LaVere Derry with his 60-year certificate of membership in Kinkead-Martin American Legion Post #583, Rippey.

LaVere was inducted into the service in February of 1952. After completing his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, he left for Camp Killmer, NJ, where he left for Germany to serve for 18 months during the Korean War. He was discharged from Camp Sheridan, IL, in July 1954.

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