Harold “Rip” Rippe, 88, of Glenwood, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at Glacial Ridge Hospital. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glenwood, with Father Joe Vandeberg officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, at Sacred Heart Church, with parish prayers and the Rosary at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume on Saturday morning at the church, one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Glenwood. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.

Harold “Rip” Walter Rippe, the son of Walter and Sylvia (Hoidahl-Anderson) Rippe, was born on May 12, 1931, in Hutchinson, and was baptized at Norwegian Lutheran Church in St. James. Harold died suddenly on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, with family present. 

He was raised in Hutchinson. Following graduation from Hutchinson High School, he enrolled in Dunwoody Industrial Institute. He enlisted in the National Guard in 1947, was called to active duty for the Korean War in 1950 and discharged in 1951. He then completed his Dunwoody Education as a heating and air-conditioning mechanic and began his four-year apprenticeship in the Twin Cities. Harold entered the Catholic Church and married Margaret Louise Prieve at St. Stephens’s Catholic Church in Minneapolis on June 23, 1956. Right after their honeymoon on the North Shore, Marge and Harold began building their new life together in Glenwood where Harold opened Rippe’s Sheet Metal Works and Marge worked at Hubbard Nursing Home until the children started to arrive: Michael, Patty, Steven, Nancy and Timothy.

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