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Joachim Ripplinger, 81, of Grandview passed away on Sunday Sept. 25, 2011, in Yakima.

He was born in Timberlake, S.D. to Joseph and Magdeline Ripplinger.

He served in the U.S. Army, receiving two Purple Hearts in Korea.

Joachim moved to Washington in 1953 from South Dakota, and worked for Safeway plant in Grandview and then at Sunnyside Concrete as a pipe stripper. He had owned Blue Moon in Sunnyside, and later owned an excavating company and retired from Twin City Foods as a mechanic.

He attended the Grandview Nazarene Church with his wife of 25 years, Helen.

He loved to read and work in the garden as well as play with his children and grandchildren.

He was a wonderful father and grandfather and will be missed dearly. We love you dad and grandpa.

Joachim is survived by his wife, Helen of Grandview; sons, Earl Ripplinger of Grandview, Jeff (Tami) Ripplinger of Prosser and Jim Ripplinger of Spokane; daughter, Sue (Rob) Rice of Sunnyside; sisters, Sister Helen Ripplinger of Aberdeen, S.D., Julie Lynch of Lacey, Mary Weber of Spokane, Roseanne Belcher of Vancouver and Francis Birchard of Madras, Ore.; stepdaughters, Linda Drake of Grandview, Sandy Burns of Grandview, Kathy Butler of Benton City and Vernadine Erickson of Othello; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held today, Sept. 27, 2011, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Graveside services with military honors will be held Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the Grandview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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