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June 11, 2018

PIANO RECITAL – The music students of Janice Johnson performed at their annual recital in the Rippey Community Room on Sunday, June 3. Approximately 30 family and friends gathered to hear the many tunes performed on the piano and violin.

Performing were Ethan Hooper, Daniel Cerveny, Joshuah Sparks, Summer South, and Gwen Hooper (student of Sheilah Pound).

The audience joined in singing “America the Beautiful” accompanied by Midge Vannatta on the piano and Janice Johnson on the violin. A delicious supper was enjoyed by all, furnished by Ned Johnston and his committee.

LIONS CLUB – Cindy and Mark Devilbiss hosted the Rippey Lions Club at their rural Rippey home for the June cookout and potluck. Plaques will be provided for the tree planted in memory of Keith Devilbiss and in honor of the 100th anniversary of Lions Club International and dedicated at a later date.

Plans for the summer include a free community picnic at Osborn Park on Saturday, July 7. Flyers and signs will be provided throughout the community with reminder cards sent to the members.

As part of the meeting, Chris Roberts was honored with a plaque for his 18 years of service as secretary of the Rippey Lions Club. Chris was thanked for his work on behalf of the Rippey Lions.

Mary Weaver presented the program about the Kinkead-Martin American Legion Post in Rippey and observance of Decoration Day, later called Memorial Day. The Rippey Legion Post, first chartered on April 28, 1922, was named after Clifford Kinkead.

Clifford Kinkead, son of John and Fannie (Winchell) Kinkead, was the first local soldier to die in World War I. He died in France on Oct. 28, 1918, at the age of 29 years. His family had been informed that his body was not recovered. Later, remains were located and he was buried in the Rippey Cemetery on Monday, May 30, 1921. He was 20 when he entered the service shortly after the United States entered the war.

Dale Martin, the only child of Lou and Bessie (Underwood) Martin, was aboard the USS Nevada at Pearl Harbor and was the first local soldier to die in World War II. He joined the Navy at the age of 17 and needed permission of people including his father, pastor, postmaster, and school superintendent because he was not yet 18 years old. His remains were returned to the Rippey area in 1949 and he is buried near his parents in the Rippey Cemetery.

On April 11, 1948, a new charter was issued and the Legion Post was re-named Kinkead-Martin Legion Post #583.

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