Raymond “Ray” D. Cripe, 72, of Goshen, Ind., passed away Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at IU Health, Goshen Hospital.
He was born March 10, 1941, in Goshen to Ruby Jeanette (Musselman) Aust and Othello “Pete” Cripe. He married Sandra “Sandy” McDonald on March 11, 196,2 at Zion United Church of Christ in Millersburg, Ind.
Ray was employed by Speicher Tool & Die in Topeka. He was in farming in Noble County from 1970-1984, during which time he received the Outstanding Young Farmer Award in Noble County in 1976. He was employed at Fidler Ready Mix for 10 years. He was a sales representative for Eagle Ready Mix from 1991- 2010 and Aggregate Industries from 2010-2013.
He was a member of the Ligonier United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee, youth leader and volunteered in work camps in TN, LA, AL and MS. He was a past member of the Fairfield School Board from 1968-1972, past member and former President of Millersburg Lions Club, he volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and the West End Café in Ligonier.
He enjoyed bicycling, woodworking, gardening, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. There will be a time of visitation with the family on Friday October 11, 2013 from 4-8 P.M. at Ligonier United Methodist Church, The Mount.
He is survived by his wife: Sandra, Goshen; a daughter: Stephanie (Wallace) Brown, Goshen; and four sons: Jeff (Teresa) Cripe, Ligonier, Ind.; Jack (Nikki) Cripe, Goshen; Jason Cripe, Wawaka, Ind.; and Judd (Shannon) Cripe, Goshen; nine grandchildren are surviving: Ren (Carlie) Cripe, Topeka, Ind.; Molly (Isaiah) Velazquez, Topeka; Brett Seward, of the University of Chalmers in Gothenborg, Sweden; Sophie Brown, of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla.; Haley, Dalton and Brady Cripe, Goshen; and Colten and Austin Cripe, Goshen; five cousins: Bob Musselman, Bloomington, Ind.; Dick Musselman, Trinity, Fla.; Terry Musselman, Milford, Ind.; Denny Musselman, Roswell, Ga.; and Ron Green, Middlebury, Ind.; and his brother-in-law: Lyle Burtsfield, Goshen.
Ray was preceded in death by his sister: Nancy Burtsfield; a step-sister: Katha Clanton; and two cousins: Bonnie Pfiester and Diane Mullholland.
A memorial service in his honor will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Ligonier United Methodist Church, The Mount. Pastors Byron and Candy Kaiser will officiate. Private family burial will take place at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be given to Ligonier United Methodist Church Memorial Fund 466 Townline Rd. P.O. Box 66, Ligonier, IN 46767.
The family wishes to thank the IU Health Goshen- Center for Cancer Care staff and special nurses, Shelly and Shannon.
He lived his purpose in life: “From what we get, we can make a living. What we give, however, makes a life.” –Unknown His last act of giving was his corneas to the Indiana Lion’s Club Eye Bank.