George M. “Buck” Ripple, 93, of North Platte, passed away on April 29, 2023, at Great Plains Health. Buck was born on Nov. 9, 1929, in Tryon, to George D. and Nettie M. Winters Ripple. Buck graduated from North Platte High School with the class of 1948. He went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad in the car department and then enlisted in the United States Army. After being discharged from the Army, he returned to North Platte, served six years in the Army Reserves and resumed work with the Union Pacific Railroad. On Nov. 28, 1953, Buck married Patricia Ann Shay in North Platte. They had one daughter, Theresa Susan. Patricia passed away in July 1956. In June 1958, Buck joined the North Platte Police Department and served as line Lieutenant from 1962 until he retired from the department in November 1989. On Dec. 16, 1958, Buck was united in marriage to Sandra Deann Davis in North Platte, where they remained their entire married life. After retiring from the North Platte Police Department, Buck worked for a few months for the Pacific Fruit Express. In April 1991, he became employed by the United States Marshall Service as a Special Deputy Marshall, stationed at the North Platte office. He retired from this position on Nov. 9, 2014. He was a member of the Police Officers Association of Nebraska, American Legion Post No.163 and the Elks Lodge. Buck was an avid Huskers fan, never missing a game on TV. He was also a classic car enthusiast, especially his Cadillacs. He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Nettie; both wives, Patricia and Sandra; his daughter, Theresa Susan Vieyra; and numerous aunts and uncles. Buck is survived by his sons, Michael (Carol) Ripple and Mark Ripple, of North Platte; sisters-in-law, Sherry (Dennis) Desy of St. Peters, Missouri, and Karen Stearns and Kathy Davis, both of North Platte; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; special friend and neighbor, Karla O’Rourke; and many other family members and friends. Memorials are suggested to the family with designation at a later date. Online condolences may be shared at adamsswanson.com. Memorial service is at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 4, at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with Pastor Jeremy Rinke officiating. Inurnment with full military honors follows at 1 p.m., at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, near Maxwell. Book signing is from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.
Published by North Platte Telegraph on May 2, 2023.