Lauriel Lynn Ripke, 78, of Liberty Center, Ohio passed away June 19, 2020. Lauriel was born to the late Henry and Agnes (Wiseman) Ripke in Defiance County on May 18, 1942. He married Geraldine Fahrer-Sheller and she survives.
Lauriel is survived by his wife Geraldine; daughters: Marsha (Phil) Wharry, Tara (Scott) Buehrer; sons: Bradley (Chris) Ripke, Bartley Ripke, Brian (Pam) Ripke, Thomas (Keasha) Ripke; stepchildren: David Sheller, Julie Hoffman, Daniel (Brenda) Sheller, Lisa (Brad) Whitford, Keith Sheller II; a host of loving grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters: Karen (Bob) Jones, Barb (Bill) Gerdeman, Janet Ashbaugh, and brother Ronnie (Alice) Ripke.
Lauriel was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jerry Ripke; sisters: Jeannie Gerken, Betty Rohlf, Linda Ritcher, Joan Battinger, and two siblings at birth.
Lauriel was known as a “Jack of All Trades.” He worked for Thermopane, Gerken, Babcock Plumbing and Heating as well as a truck driver and in construction. He loved to tinker with all his old cars and his Harley motorcycle. He retired out of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18 in Toledo, Ohio. After retirement, he helped out Gerry at Trucker’s Paradise. Lauriel was also a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 2094 in Defiance, Ohio. Lauriel’s pride and joy were his two golden labs Bear and Sam as well as his kitty Sweetie Pie. His favorite foods he enjoyed were broasted chicken, ice cream and pie. He loved his family very much and will be missed by all.
Visitation for Lauriel will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 10:00 AM until the time of his funeral service at 12:00 noon in the Hanneman Funeral Home, 302 E. Maple Street, Liberty Center, Ohio 43532. Interment will be private for the family.
Memorial Contributions in Lauriel’s honor may be gifted to the St. John Church of Christ, I-946 OH-108, Holgate, OH 43527.
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