January 26, 2015


A special visit for a 96th birthday!

96th birthday

Dean Wilson, Errol Wilson, and Lynn Wilson 

Dean Wilson of Los Angeles, CA, and Lynn Wilson of Stillwater, MN helped their father, Errol Wilson, celebrate his 96th birthday, which was December 17, 2014. Errol resides at the Rowley Masonic Home in Perry. The staff sang Happy Birthday to him, and he blew out the candles on his special cake. Dean and Lynn appreciate the Rowley staff for putting together the nice birthday lunch for their Dad. The singing, birthday cake, and taking pictures were much appreciated. It was a nice event. 

Rippey “old timers” will remember Errol as a 1938 graduate of Rippey Consolidated School.  For a while he worked at a meat packing house in Perry, and then he worked in sales at Montgomery Ward’s in Perry and Omaha, Nebraska. In 1942 he purchased a small Phillips 66 service station in Rippey, and began his life’s work in the oil business. In 1945 he built a modern service station in Rippey, which is now Sparky’s. In 1957 he took over his brother Ed’s tank wagon business, and became a Phillips 66 jobber (Wilson Oil Company). Upon Errol’s retirement in 1980, he and his wife, LaFaun, spent their winters in Alamo, Texas. In 1988 they moved to Alamo. LaFaun passed away on July 28, 2003.


Rippey United Methodist Church

Rippey United Methodist Church 
PO Box 286, 103 West Main St. Rippey, IA 50235
Pastors:  Enna Antunez and Paul Burrow
Phone: 436-7731

Adult Sunday School at 9:00 a. m.
Worship Service is at 10:30 a. m.
Every Tuesday: Quilters 9:00- Coffee and fellowship 10:00- everyone welcome.
Choir practice Wednesday at 7:00.

There is a Hat/Mitten Tree in Fellowship Hall.  The donations will be given to the Greene County Elementary School for distribution.  Thanks for all that has been given so far.


Sarah Kilgore, Librarian
Phone: 515.436.7714
Website: www.rippey.lib.ia.us
E-mail: rippeyli@windstream.net

Monday 1-6
Tuesday 1:30-5:30
Wednesday 3-8
Thursday 10-2
Saturday 1-3

Programs for February 2015

Feb. 11 - The Rippey Library will have all the "fixins" to create your own Valentine Cards. The creative hour will begin at 4:00 and will be a come and go event. All ages are invited to come to this event. You will "have" to decorate your own cookie to eat!

Feb 19 - Coffee N Bingo. 10:30 a. m.

News in and around Rippey

The Rippey Fire Department responded to a fire at 308 3rd St. on January 21.  The departments from Jefferson, Grand Junction and Perry assisted as well as the Greene County Sheriff’s office and Grand Junction Rescue.  Just like the old days, the guys from the CO-OP helped, according to Fire Chief, Pete Johnson. Old timers will remember this building as the office of Doctor Chase.

Nancy Hanaman participated in the recent Program Review Committee at the Iowa United Methodist Conference Center  in Des Moines. Nancy is co-chair of the Iowa Commission on the Status and Role of Women along with Lauren Wise Loonsfoot, Waverly. Pastor Paul Burrow, Chair of the Board of Global Missions and Pastor Enna Antunez, Chair of the Commission on Religions and Race were also part of this meeting.

Dale and Nancy Hanaman enjoyed being part of the "Classic Week" at the Sierra Theater on Sundat in Jefferson. They were part of the audience for "Gone with the Wind" which was originally released in 1939 and last show in Jefferson in the 1950's.

Toni and Phil Roberts joined Sharon Laub and Jean Borgeson for lunch on Saturday, January 24 at the Pattee Hotel in Perry.  Sharon and Jean treated the Roberts’ in honor of Toni’s birthday.  After lunch, Sharon visited her husband, Russ, in the Lutheran Home and the others visited Jack and Dixie Slight before heading home.  It was a happy diversion for all these good friends.

RR ride is around the corner.  On February 7, the bike riders will again ride from Perry to Rippey and back.  Just a “short” 20 years ago, in 1995, Velda wrote in her Velda’s Varieties about getting ready for the crowd.  Her crew of Jay Williams, John Welsh, Lori DeMoss, Mary Fry, Rick Liebich (Mary and Rick weren’t married, yet) and myself were preparing for the crowd at the Rippey café. There was some time before the rush, so she appointed me as her personal PR person and reporter and sent me down to visit Ethel Correy to take pictures.  Ethel always entertained her grandson and lots of his friends during the BRR ride.  They all loved her cinnamon rolls and whatever else she prepared.  I found that the main crowd hadn’t arrived but I did find the “Iowa Boy” and his wife visiting Ethel.  Velda gave me credit for doing “quite a sales job” to get the Offenburgers to the café to meet “The Mouth of Rippey!” She wrote: “I was impressed!  I was further awed when I returned from Zach’s birthday party Sunday evening and checked my answering machine. “Chuck” wanted me to give him a call.  Did my head swell or what?  Thinking that he was impressed with the “Mouth of Rippey,” I returned his call to find out he only wanted to know the correct spelling of Ethel’s name.”  She wasn’t too deflated because that was the beginning of a special friendship between two people who loved to put words on paper.  Also, she loved to “name drop!”

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