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LTC Maurice Edward Ripley, Jr.

Obituary for LTC Maurice Edward Ripley, Jr.

September 26, 1931 - August 15, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 86

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Retired Lieutenant-Colonel (LTC) Maurice (Rip) Ripley passed away peacefully in his San Antonio, Texas, home on Wednesday, August 15th. He was born on September 26, 1931, in Lexington, Kentucky, to David and Beatrice Bledsoe. He graduated from Tuskegee Institute in May 1953 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. While at Tuskegee, he pledged as a Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity member.

LTC (Ret.) Maurice E. Ripley served over 26 years with distinction in the U.S. Air Force as a Transportation Officer and is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he earned several medals, including the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and one Oak Leaf Cluster, and National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the United States Air Force never left him, as friends and family will attest.

After retiring from the military, "Rip" went to work for Pacific Architect and Engineers (PA&E), an American defense and government services contractor. As a PA&E logistics contractor, his assignments took him to Crete, Greece; Yokota, Japan; and Sierra Leone, West Africa.

He was also a Life member with the San Antonio Chapter-Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. He was Central Region 1st Vice President and Board Representative. He also served as Central Region President and Past Vice-President of the San Antonio Chapter. He also served as chair, co-chair, and as an active member of Chapter, Regional and National Membership and Scholarship committees. "Rip" was instrumental in establishing chapters in the Central Region and brought many organizational innovations during his tenure. He honed his leadership expertise through his exemplary military career and subsequent civilian positions, making him a mentor throughout TAI and his community. For his dedicated involvement in preserving the legacy of the Tuskegee Experience and advancing the objectives of TAI, he received the National TAI Distinguished Service Award in 2007 as well as the 2010 Central Region Award.

He is survived by his wife, Elvia F. Ripley; daughters, Janice Fletcher (Daryll Fletcher) and Bernice Edwards (Phillip Edwards); his son, Maurico E. Ripley (Diane Ripley); his four grandchildren and his five great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 North Loop 1604 East.

EVENING SERVICE
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018
7:00 P.M.
PORTER LORING MORTUARY-DOWNTOWN
1101 MCCULLOUGH AVENUE

GRAVESIDE SERVICE
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018
1:45 P.M.
FORT SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
1520 HARRY WURZBACH ROAD

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to San Antonio Chapter-Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.

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2102 North Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX 78232
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